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NEW YORK, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 1950 


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Something of a ‘'first** in show 
hiz annals will get the plush-carpet 
treatment by NBC on the night of 
Sept. 24, when the network takes 
over a half-hour of cream time to 
“world premiere** highlights of the 
NBC-finahced Ethel Merman musi- 
comedy, “Call Me Madam, ’’"prior to 
its Broadway engagement. 

Broadcast will emanate from the 
Center theatre, N. Y., also marking 
the curtain-raising event for the 
refurbished house since being 
taken over by NBC for use as a 
television theatre. The web is now 
working on an invitation list of 
2,500 for the combined “dedicatory” 
and “Madam’’ preem ceremonies. 

Howard Lindsay, who co-authored 
••Madam” with Russel Crouse, will 
emcee the event, with Irving Ber- 
lin, composer of the score, and 
Crouse also participating. Broad- 
cast will mark the initial perform- 
ance of the “Madam” music, with 
Miss Merman and other cast head- 
liners appearing, along with Victor 
Young, Perry . Como and Mindy 
Carson, featured in the upcoming 
RCA Victor album of the score. 

As such, NBC will be applying a 
doublerbarrelled coast-to-coast pro- 
motion on behalf of the Broadway 
musical which it is financing out of 
its own pocket, and for the RCA 
album. It wa$ primarily for the 
purpose of wrapping up an ex- 
clusivity on the score that NBC 
made the plunge into Broadway 
musical production: 



Sadler’s Tour 

Sadler’s Wells Ballet of London 
opens its second U. S. Visit with 
an engagement at the N. Y. Met 
Sunday (10) — and thereby sets 
a record unequaled in the history 

of the dance. 

Troupe will appear in N. Y. for 
three weeks, followed by 17 weeks 
of a coast-to-coast U. S.-Canada 
(Continued on page 54) 



Hollywood, Sept. 5. 

Radio writers want no morals 
clause in their contracts and have 
so advised the networks. At a 
Guild meeting,? resolution was 
passed resenting any such snub 
on their conscience arid advising 
all members , to resist pacts con- 
taining such a provision. Scribes 
contend that such a hobble would 
jeopardize their economic security 
and restrict their , creative flair. 

Contracts with picture studios 
have always carried a morals 
clause even though it has rarely 
been pulled. 


Fish as You Watch Pix, 
New Pennsy Ozoner Bait 

Pittsburgh, Septi 5., 

’ New wrinkle in ozoner come-ons 
has been dreamed tip for the new 
Lakevue drive-in here, just started 
last Week. It’s “Fish While "You 
Watch,” Outdoor theatre is lo- 
cated on banks of small Alcoa 
Lake, between Mt. Lebanon and 
Washington, Pa. Patrons are per- 
mitted to cast a line but have to get 
out of their cars to do it. 

Management doesn’t advertise 
whether it pays for the fishing li- 
censes or not. 



New record advance sale for a 
legit show will probably be set by 
“Call Me Madam,” the Irving 
Berlin - Howard Lindsay - Russel 
Crouse musical to star Einel Mer- 
man. An estimated $650,000-$700,- 
0Q0 in mail orders has already been 
received, and the figure is ex- 
pected to reach about $800,000 by 
the time the boxoff ice opens, Sept. 
25, at the Imperial, N. Y., where 
the show is due to premiere Oct. 9. 
In addition, the Show-of-the-Month 
Club has ordered $85,000 worth of 
tickets for its members. There will 
be no theatre parties for the 
musical. 

As of last Saturday morning 
(2), approximately 40,000 mail 
orders had been received for the 
Leiand Hayward production. On 
the basis of $15 per order (that 
was estimated on a check of 1,000 
orders taken at random) , the sale 
(Continued on page 60) 

ILGWU Brings Capitalist 
Culture to Proletariat 
Through Show Biz 

Showbusiness is being used in- 
creasingly as a weapon for democ- 
racy by the International Ladies 
Garment Workers Union. This out- 
fit, headed by David Dubinsky , uses 
virtually every current medium of 
expression in bringing both culture 
and democracy to its members and 
to outsiders. 

Union, whicl soirie years ago 
produced “Pins and Needles,” and 
this year 1 produced a film, “With 
These Hands,” operates FM‘ station 
WFDR, N. Y., and is one of the 
major users of legit and variety 
shows at its camp,. Unity House, 
Forest Park, Pa. 

At its Unity House operation, 
one of the largest summer-camps 
in the country, union is bringing 
the capitalistic culture to its pro- 
letarian membership at commensu- 
(Continued on page 63) 



By HERB GOLDEN 

Family type product has provid- 
ed the backbone of the improve- 
ment in grosses which has been 
felt by most theatres this summer. 
This gives strength to the argu- 
ment recently put forth by inany 
e^hibs that studios should lean 
more heavily to film for the family 
trade 

It’s the kiddies and the old 
folks attracted by these pix that 
make the difference in grosses, 
exhibs • say. The ’teen-agers and 
early 20s group can be counted on 
pretty much in any case, so the 
family pix get some of that “lost 
audience” that has become an in- 
dustry maxim, 

Most seasoned trade observers, 
however, are of the opinion that 
too much emphasis on the family 
pix could be as deadly as other 
cycles have proved. Last year ex- 
hibs were screaming about the 
(Continued on page 22) 



Despite its willingness to pay 
$800,000 for the TV rights to the 
World Series, Gillette has given an 
emphatic “no” to demands for 
$200,000 for the privilege of buy- 
ing the video rights to the upcom- 
ing Joe Louis-Ezzard Charles fight. 

Gillette, in fact, feels that, in 
view of its willingness to plunk 
down the unprecedented 800G for 
the World Series, it’s now being in- 
timidated into inviting inflationary 
prices for major sports events, and 
wants no part of such* deals. 

As Gillette points out, the $800,- 

000 it’s paying for the Series is not 
based on dollar-f or-dollar value, 
since it cain’t hope to retrieve that 
kind of coin, but was the result Of a 
competitive bidding situation. On 
the other hand, setting an arbitrary 
$200,000 price for a bout of dubious 
merit is to set an unhealthy TV pre- 
cedent that will encourage run- 
away prices. 

Ted Shawn Prepping 40th 
Dance Season of 1-Niters 

Lee, Mass., Sept. 5. 

Ted Shawn, modern dancer, will 
begin his 40th season of one-night 

1 stands with an appearance in Bos- 
ton Oct. 12. La Crosse, Wis., will 
be his next Stand. 

A: New Mexico date and Florida 
engagements will follow, before 
Christmas. - 

Vet pioneer in the modern 
dance (with his wife, Ruth St. 
Denis), Shawn has just completed 
I another successful summer sea- 
son with his Jacob’s Pillow Fes- 
tival at Lee, Mass. 




Start Construction Of 

Diamond Lil Casino 

Las Vegas, Sept. 5. 

Ground was broken here with 
elaborate ceremonies yesterday for 
the construction of the Diamond 
Lil Casino, a $2,500,000 food and 
gainbling emporiurii. 

. Work will be rushed to coinplete 
the b u i I d i n g in time for the 
Christmas holiday trade. Mae West 
is a member of the corporation, 
headed by S. A. Schwartz. 



Danny Thomas was pacted by 
NBC-TV this week as the third 
name comedian for its upcoming 
Wednesday night comedy series, in 
which the comics will rotate on a 
once-a-month, basis. Series is schedV 
uled for launching Oct. 4 with Ed 
Wynn in the driver’s seat- Thomas 
will probably take over the follow- 
ing week (11), with Jimmy Du- 
rante doing his first show on the 
18th. 

Web is still uncertain whether to 
pitch for another comedian to hold 
down the spot the fourth Week 
each month, or to put in a revue- 
type show on the fourth stanza, 
which would spotlight promising 
new talent. Latter system will be 
followed ort the “Colgate Comedy 
Theatre” series, which opens Sun- 
day (10) in the 8 to 9 slot and 
which will rotate Eddie Cantor, 
Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis and 
Fred Allen for three weeks out of 
every four. 


'Street Scene’ Taking To 
Street in Philadelphia 
Little Theatre Version 

Philadelphia, Sept. 5. 

The Neighborhood Players, Veter- 
an South Philly little theatre 
group, came up with a smart gim- 
mick by skedding an outdoor pro- 
duction of Elmer Rice’s “Street 
Scene” tonight' (5) on the sidewalk 
in front of the playhouse. 

Stunt, *Which has attracted much 
attention., both, .in the. press and 
little theatre circles here, is being 
used to mark the 65th anniversary 
of the Neighborhood Center, which 
sponsors the Players. As far as 
can be learned, it also marks the 
first time “Street Scene” has been 
played on a bonafide street. 

." Permission from the Police Dept, 
is letting the Players rope the block 
off and the city is also aiding in 
securing grandstands for the spec- 
tators. Show is being presented in 
combination regular and arena-style 
theatre. 


Hollywood, Sept. 5. 

Bob Hope, ih person, Covers 
more territory than a quartet of 
traveling salesmen but his new 
contract covers more territory than 
that. It is a triple-action deal in- 
volving pictures, radio and tele- 
vision,. interwoven with complica- 
tions like a jigsaw puzzle. It will 
be signed some time soon by repre- 
sentatives of Paramount, NBC, 
Hope Enterprises and Hope him- 
self as an actor, producer and cor- 
poration executive. 

The Paramount pact, supersede 
irig the old one signed in 1945, 
calls for eight pictures, four to be 
made by that studio and four by 
Hope Enterprises for Paramount * 
release . on a budget of $1,500,000 
each or a total of $12,000,000. First 
of these is “The Lemon Drop Kid,” 
now in the cutting rooms. It was 
produced by Hope Enterprises 
with its own coin amU without 
financial help from any bank. 
Profits from “Lemon Drop” will be 
used to finance the next Hope En- 
terprises film, in which Hope will 
gallop the western trail with Roy 
(Continued on page 61) 



Ivory ton, Conn. 

Editor, Variety: 

Everyone who has worked in 
them must have been interested in 
your feature on the state of the 
summer theatres. I would like to 
suggest; now that you have can- 
vassed the managers, that you do 
the same for the stars, as I am 
sure you will get some very inter- 
esting replies which may add up to 
another side of the picture. 

Two years ago I took out my own 
production of “The Beaux Strata- 
gem” as a package deal, but this 
year I am out with “Dear Brutus” 
taking only three people with me. 
I have done this because my agents 
(Continued on page 63) 



COMPOSING WITH W 

^Rudolf Friml, who’s been pro- 
fessionally inactive" for the last 
dozen years or so, may Write a new 
operetta. Composer is interested 
in doing the score for “The En- 
chanted Inn,” an original libretto 
by pressagent-novelist Anthony 
Buttitta. He would collaborate 
with Forman Brown, who supplied 
new lyrics for /the revised edition 
of Friml’s “Rose Marie” recently 
presented by the Los Angeles and '. 
San ^Francisco Civic Light Opera. 

Show would probably be pro- 
duced by Edwin Lester, with Wil- 
liam Zwlssig and S. Laz Lansburgh 
supplying the financing. 








MISCELLANY 


Wednesday, September 6, 1950 



Edinburgh* Aug. 29, 
This is America’s year at the 
Scottish capital’s fourth annual 
junket of the arts. Although visit- 
ors are here from all parts of the 
world, there are mbre than ever 
from the U;S. Sleek American 
automobiles from New York, Wash- 
ington and Ohio are conspicuous, 
Edinburgh never before . having 
seen such a mass Yankee influx. 
More than 100,000 people are here 
for the three-week Edinburgh fes- 
tival, which ends Sept. 9. 

Festival crowds can choose from 
some 145 events; There are six 
top orchestras, four choirs, five 
chamber music groups, 50 soloists, 
three ballet companies, two drama 
units and one opera company. Ap- 
proximately 1,630 artists are par- 
ticipating, coming from France, 
Denmark, Italy, America, Hungary, 
Germany, Austria and all parts of 
Britain. 

Fireworks will close the Festival 
Sept. 9, with a performance (con- 
ducted by Sir Thomas Beecham) 
of; Handel’s Music for the Royal 
Fireworks, accompanied by can- 
non and real fireworks on the 
Castle Esplanade. 

Sherwood Blasts Hollywood 
Fireworks of the verbal variety 
launched one of the major side- 
shows, the International Confer- 
ence of Poets, Essayists and Nov- 
elists. This was a heated encount- 
er between St. John Ervirte (Ire- 
land), Robert E. Sherwood (Amer- 
ica) and C. M. Grieve (Scotland) 
over the inclusion of political ref- 
erences. . Later, Robert Sherwood 
attacked the cinema, saying that 
American playwrights had disap- 
peared the day talking films ar- 
rived. He also declared a large 
number of promising playwrights 
had never beep heard of since they 
took the road to Hollywood^ 

On Aug. 21 Glyndeboume Opera 
gave the first version of Strauss’ 
“Ariadne auf Naxos” at the King’s; 

(Continued on page 61) 

DRAPER, ADLER SOCK 


Gershwin Workshop To 


Boston, Sept. 5. 

George Gershwin Theatre Work- 
shop will be established this fall 
by Boston U. Funds for the 
project are being' raised by a 
committee headed by Oscar Ham-? 
merstein, II. The workshop, to be. 
part of the division of radio, 
speech and theatre, will train 
students, for Che professional stage, 
radio and television. It will offer 
courses in acting, direction and 
management, and technical pro- 
duction; 

The workshop’s program will 
center around the arena-type the- 
atre, with experimental projects in 
playwrighting and drama history, 
Plays will be produced for per- 
formance in various New England 
communities with the idea of de- 
veloping public interest in the 
theatre. 

. The committee raising funds for 
the memorial to the late composer 
includes, besides Hammerstein, , 
Fred Astaire, Aaron Copland, Max 
Gordon, Moss Hart, Fannie Hurst, 
George Jessel, Jeanette MacDon- 
ald, Alexander Smallens, Sigmund 
Romberg, Rise Stevens, Sophie 
Tucker, Fred Waring 'and Paul 
Whiteman. 




Lou Clayton’s Condition 


Hollywood, Sept. 5. 


Or on 


■ , By .Gypsy Rose Lee 

43 One hour after I signed with 
ABC to do a radio show called 
“What Makes You Tick,” (not 
sponsored by Balova Watch Co. ) 
the phone started ringing. The 


Lou Clayton, longtime Jimmy calls, of course were the usual 
Durante’s personal manager arid Broadway whys guys -— the dear, 
partner, is near death in St. hearts and gentle people who want 
John’s Hospital, Santa Monica, to know why .every time you do 
Former member of Clayton, Jack- something other than drop dead, 
son & Durante, a top nitery act “Better get out Of the contract,” 
of the Prohibition era, has been said , one of my well wishers, 
suffering from cancer of the “Gypsy Rose Lee writing murder 


pancreas for nearly a year. 


mysteries, troupirig with a carnival, 


WILL MAHONEY 

THE INIMITABLE 

An IRISHMAN doing: SCOTCH 
In MERRIE OLDE ENGLAND 
Currently 

PALLADIUM, London 
Represented by 

ASSOCIATED BOOKING CORP. 




London, Sept. 5. 
The Palladium bill, which 
opened Monday (4) with one of 
the largest complements of U, S. 
acts to be used on one program 
this season, hit a high stride, with 
harmonica player Larry Adler 
and dancer Paul Draper getting 
top acclaim; Draper registered in 
a sock manner while Adler topped 
In solo offerings. 

Will Mahoney returned to this 
country for his first trip in some, 
years and showed up better than 
ever. Harold Barnes’ acrobatics 
were well received. 

The King Cole Trio garnered 
good returns, but total result was 
below expectations in light of 
their disk rep. 

Marker Mulled for Site 
Of B. F. Keith Birthplace 

Hillsborough, N. H., Sept. 5. 
The memory of Benjamin F. 
Keith, founder of the theatre chain 
bearing his name, may be honored 
with the erection of a marker on 
the site of his birthplace here. The 
showman’s old home was razed 
about 30 years ago and a cottage 
owned by his son, Paul Keith, at 
Loon Lake, was sold in 1910. 

Officials of the Keith theatrical 
syndicate have visited Hillsborough 
to discuss the; proposed memorial. 


Hollywood, Sept/ 5. 

Dick Mack, newly-elected prez of 
the Radio & Television Directors 
Guild, this week sharply rebuked 
the alleged raiding by the Screen 
Directors Guild of America on 
RTDG membership, thereby dis- 
puting the claims of SDGA prez 
Joseph L. Mankiewicz that no such 
raiding has occurred. Presaging a 
long, drawn-out hassle between the 
two organizations, Mack told 
Variety that “we shall continue to 
fight this battle until SDGA leaves 
the jurisdiction of video directors 
to the RTDG, by which organiza- 
tion it was: started, has been fairly 
and carefully nurtured and to 
whom such jurisdiction properly 
belongs.” 

New RTDG prez continued: “I 
(Continued on page 54) 

Rudolph Bing Returns 
From Europe Talent O.O. 

Rudolph Bing, general manager 
of the Metropolitan Opera Co., ar- 
rived in N. Y. from Europe yester- 
day (Tues.) aboard the Mauretania. 
Bing was abroad on a talent quest. 
Other arrivals included Orville 
Bullitt, Philadelphia Orch prexy, 
and his wife; Ania Dorfman, con- 
cert pianist; Eva Turner, British 
opera singer, arid P. F. Dee, Alli- 
ance Theatre Corp. prexy, and his 
i wife. 

| Film producers Hal Wallis and 
I Sol Lesser, and their wives, re- 
! turned to N, Y. fro Europe Satur- 
] day (2) aboard the Nieuw Amster- 
> dam. 


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Ceilings in New Bill 

Washington; Sept. 5. 

Rentals charged by film distrib- 
utors for their product and theatre 
admission prices are /specifically 
exempted from price ceilings in the 
new Economic Control Bill which 
Congress approved last weekend. 
Time charges by radio stations are 
also exempted. 

However, under the measure, 
the President may freeze wages of 
all in show business. He also has 
authority to. allocate any scarce 
materials, such as raw film, and to 
set prices over all materials pur- 
chased. This includes building 
materials used for film and stage 
sets, etc. Control over materials 
could halt erection of new theatres. 

EYTHE TO REJOIN *EAR’; 
JUGGED IN CHICAGO 

Minneapolis, Sept. 5. 

William Eythe has been an- 
nounced to rejoin “Lend An Ear” 
for the road tour which starts here 
Sept. 18 for a week at the Lyceum 
following its Chicago run. Re- 
suming his original role, Eythe is 
to supplant John Beal, who was 
starred during the Windy City en- 
gagement. 

Show plays its Twin City en- 
gagement exclusively in Minneap- 
olis, passing Up St. Paul. In pre- 
vious seasons, St. Paul city officials 
and newspapers have protested to 
the N. Y. Theatre Guild arid 
United Booking Office on those oc- 
casions when other legitimate 
roadshow attractions confined their 
appearances to Minneapolis. The 
St. Paul sheets refuse to. accept 
the attractions’ paid advertising or 
permit any mention of their pres- 
ence here in the news columns. 

Chi Divorce Snag 

Chicago, Sept. 5. 

William Eythe, who arrived here 
over the weekend to look over 
“Lend An Ear,” of which he is co- 
producer, was arrested on a court 
order obtained by his ex-wife, Izia 
Wallace, the former Buff Cobb, and 
was lodged in the county jail in 
default of a $5,000 bond. The ac- 
tor-producer is charged with fail- 
ure to pay a $2,500 settlement . in 
connection with Mrs. Wallace’s di- 
vorce from him a year ago. 

The order reiquires him to re- 
j main in the jurisdiction of the lo- 
I cal court until the settlement is 
'paid. 


Clayton's , wife, Ida, Durante making movies, editing a news- 
and Eddie Jackson, third mem- paper, catching a fish, even having 
ber of the trio, are at his bedside, a baby— that’s okay. But Gypsy 
Durante had turned down sev- Rose Lee on the radio— uh uh, 
era! engagements in recent months that’s a gruesome something else 
to be near his longtime partnerr again.” 

manager. He cancelled out of the . “My advice to you,” said another 
Palladium, London, when it be* simpatico gent,” is to develop an 
came, known that Ciayton’s Illness incurable case of quincy throat, 
was serious. You may have been a sight for 

, Clayton, one 6f the top soft-shoe sore eyes but you’ll never be a 

dancers in showbusiness, was at SOU nd for sore ears.” They all seem 
one time partnered with Sammy to think that Gypola on the air 
White with whom he appeared in is like a silent movie of Lily Pons, 
the “Passing Show of 1915.” After- 0 r,trying to get your back scratched: 
ward,, he was . teamed with Cliff by Hedy Lamarr over the tele- 
(Ukelele Ike) Edwards, and in 1924 phong/ 

teamed with Durante and Jackson. For’all the lads who advised that 
: — ■ — "' ; T — — . I stick to the flashy flesh and avoid 

A ^ ^ the ethereal ether, I had. an answer 

liAWSII YIAV IVmKP which was rough, ready and, I 
VUV?€M1 lvluj lllCUlV hopq, a little raucous. For one 

- thing, if I’d listened to all my good 

IV 1 f , 1 fl-. friends back in 1930 I Would never 

rirKTnrfl IfPstl IITI hav& taken that total of 38 weeks 

* lvl»l V'l w I/wtll vll i n burlesque. I would have laid off 

with all the other acts when vaude- 

tf. .'¥) m i* a ville got stranded in a hall bed- 

Mnrv ilfftHPiniPC r° om » fl hd would have wound up 
V/€UlJf A l w|f VI Uvu behind a counter or modeling 

jumpers on Seventh avenue— if I 
Artists Alliance, indie omit set was lucky. I wouldn’t have writ- 
up by Mary Pickford and Lester ten a book, because those same 
Cowan early in 1948, is about to be j a ^ s told me no one was interested 
dissolved. Cowan has made a “buy i n a stripteaser’s mind. I wouldn’t 


or Bell” offer to Miss Pickford for 
the 11-story properties owned by 
the unit. It is understood likely 
that he will make a deal with her 
to take them over. 

Stories include “Rain,” “Sorrel 
and Son,” “Greeks Had a Word 
For It” and a number of others. 


(Continued on page 52) 


RKO. AGVA SETTING UP 
UNIT FOR ARMY CAMI 


The RKO Circuit and the Ameri- 


About six are in script form. Prop- can Guild of Variety Artists are co- 
erties are said to be valued at operating on an Army entertain- 


about $1,000,000. 


ment venture. Union has okayed a 


AA made only one film, “Love proposition whereby the theatre 
Happy,” Marx Brothers-starrer. it chain will sponsor an overseas tour 
was released by United Artists, of of eight acts to play for American 
which Miss Pickford is part owner, troops in Europe. RKO will pay 
under a deal by which she is en- $100 per performer and the Army 
titled to preferential distribution will provide transportation, food 


terms. 

New Jerry Wald-Norman Krasna 


and quarters. ' 

In return, circuit will tour the 


unit at RKO is reportedly attempt- the acts upon their return at their 
ing to make a deal for “Rain,” reguar salaries. Ti'oupe will be 
which is based on Somerset Mau- ballyhooed heavily, 
gham’s short story, “Sadie Thomp* It’s an attempt by RKO to build 
son.” Pic under that title was pro- up attractions for the chain. RKO 
duced for UA release in 1928 by toppers feel that sufficient exploi- 
the Gloria Swanson unit, with Miss tation can build up the troupe to 
Swanson starred. Another Ver- similar proportions to that of the 
sion, titled “Rain,” starring Joan first unit of filmsters which made 
Crawford, was produced by Lewis similar tour during the last war. 
Milestone and presented by Jos- Latter included Kay Francis, Mitzi 
eph M. Schenck via UA release Mayfair, Martha Raye and the late 
in 1932. Carol Landis, which tourned Eu- 

Wald and Krasna are understood roupe under title of “Four Jills and 
thinking of Vivien Leigh for the a Jeep.” 

starring role which Jeanne Eagels — — — — 

made famous on the stage. Miss/ fLimc 
Pickford tossed “Rain” into the vlallllo 
AA stockpile. 


id For 


Hollywood, Sept. 5. 

John Garfield is listening to an 
offer by Otto Preminger to star in 
“A Candle For Ruth,” to be filmed 
next March in Israel. Under his 
contract with 20th-Fox, Preminger 
has the right to produce and direct 
independently six months in the 
year. 

Project calls for a “Ruth” cast, 
consisted of players signed in Is- 
rael, with the exception of the top 
male role, offered to Garfield. 


Josh White Keynotes 
Negro Loyalty to U S. 

Washington, Sept. 5. 

Josh White, Negro folk singer, 
last week denounced the Paul 
Robeson statement that American 
Negroes would not fight against 
Soviet Russia. White appeared as 
a voluntary witness before the 
House Un-American Activities 
Committee to charge that he and 
other entertainers had been ex- 
ploited by Communists for causes 
later discovered to be subversive. 

“In recent years,” he said, “a lot 
of us have been drawn by our 
heartstrings into groups fixed up 
to look like noble causes which 
later were found to be subversive. 
I regret, and I suspect that many 
artists share the same deep regret 
with me, that an effective exposure 
of communistic activities in the 
theatrical and musical fields had 
not been made long before now.” 

He said the Robeson statement 
was “both wrong and an insult, be- 
cause I stand ready to fight Russia 
or any other enemy of America. I 
have great admiration of Mr. Robe- 
son as an actor arid a great singer, 
but I feel sad over the help he’s 
been giving to people who despise 
America. 


His Ukes to Tune of 300G 

Damage suit for $300,000 was 
filed against Arthur Godfrey in 
N. Y. supreme court this week by 
Tex Smith, the Harmonica Man, 
Inc., mail-order h ou s e which 
claimed the CBS star had libelled 
and slandered it to such an extent 
that it was forced to go out Qf busi- 
ness. 

Plaintiff manufactures and sells 
ukuleles. Suit alleges that God- 
frey, on his CBS radio show April 
11, described the uke as “cheap 
junk” and quoted him as saying: 
“Why the heck they don’t jail peo- 
ple F who do things like this (manu- 
facture and sell the product), I 
don’t know.” 

Cantor’s 33 Concerts 

Eddie Cantor is doing .33 one- 
man concerts this season, starting 
with Carnegie Hall, N.Y., Sept. 30. 
All are under his own management, 
with the; exception of three bene- 
fits. 1 . • ’ / ' 

Ope is for a colored Catholic 
church in Camden, which he is 
doing Nov. 14 as a courtesy to RCA 
prexy Frank M. Folsom; one for 
Dr. William Kountz’s clinic in St. 
Louis, and another in Dallas for 
one of Interstate Circuit’s g.m.-vee- 
pee Bob O’Donnell’s charities. 


Wednesday, September 6, 1950 



Some clarification of the 
muddled financing picture at Uni- 
ted Artists may result from a 
series of meetings between board 
chairman Paul V. McNutt and 
homeoffice executives commencing 
today (Wed.) in New York, McNutt 
returned to ,N. Y. the past week- 
end after an extended vacation, and 
company officials are hopeful that 
he i B s now ready : to make known 
UA’s future Course so far as the 
availability of credit is concerned. 

However, in Chicago yesterday 
(Tues.) Milton Gordon, v.p. of the 
Walter E. Heller Co., commercial 
financing Outfit, said that he had 
engaged in UA talks in N. Y. at 
the weekend and his company was 
not interested in providing UA with 
any immediate, aid. He added the 
decision against providing financ- 
ing will continue^ in effect until 
UA establishes itself on a more 
solid footing, production-wise and 
internally. Oh the latter count he 
pointed to the number of personnel 
changes made in recent weeks. 

Meanwhile, some of the uncer- 
tainty which has prevailed since 
the ; new regime took over was 
cleared when former president 
Gradwell Sears returned to the 
homeoffic,e as vice-president in 
charge of sales, as provided by his 
employment contract. This came as 
a reassurance to independent pro- 
ducers releasing through UA and 
their eastern representatives, who 
had been in a state of unrest and 
indicated intent of delaying deliv- 
ery of prints. 

A Switch 

Sears’ return took, almost all 
concerned by complete surprise, 
particularly since it grew from 
what appeared to be a legal maneu- 

(Continued on page 20) 


Warner Bros. Sto 
Seen Bold Step; Ale 


ynTJiwlrewllE 


Warner Bros.’ widely-broadcast 
invitation of three weeks ago for 
submission of original scripts by 
all-comers has won the admiration 
and applause of other studios’ story 
departments. Feeling is that it’s a 
bold step in light of industry 
experience in solicting screen ma- 
terial from amateur authors. 

There’s unanimous agreement 
that new sources of stories are 
direly needed, but also that the 
WB step may . prove very danger- 
ous legally. Likewise, there’s com- 
mendation for Warners’ willing- 
ness to go to such lengths for ma- 
terial though that experience has 
shown the chances are slim for 
important results. 

Metro tried a similar idea on a 
more limited basis about 15 or 20 
years ago and found it reaped only 
headaches and expense. Nobody 
tried it again until Jack L. Warner 
issued his statement recently. In- 
terest it has created is reflected in 
the deluge of yarns to the com- 
pany’s story departments . i ®n both 
coasts. 

Among other points about the 
Warper plan is the expense in- 
volved. If everything that comes 
in is to be readmit means employ- 
ing a large staff of experienced 
story analysts, Which costs money. 
If everything is not to be read, 
there’s no point to the whole 
scheme, unless it be • publicity. 

(Continued On page 9) 


in to N.Y. 


Charles Chaplin is due in New 
York from the Coast Sept. 20. 
Chaplin's status as a United Art- 
ists’ stockholder is vague as far 
as the industry is concerned at 
present and the possibility is seen 
he’ll confab with UA’s new man- 
agement on company’s setup. 

Among other matters on his 
agenda are huddles with Arthur 
W. Kelly, his distribution rep, on 
plans tor take some of his old 
comedies out of the vaults for re- 
issue. 





New contract being talked with 
20th-Fox by Joseph Mankiewicz 
may give him the right to produce 
one picture a year independently. 
Negotiations are still very much in 
the preliminary stage and it is not 
certain yet that if Mankiewicz wins 
the right to make indie pix they’ll 
be distributed by 20th or another 
company. - 

Director-writer pact under which 
Mankiewicz is now operating has 
seven months to go. Talks on a 
new deal began prior to his . depar- 
ture for Europe recently and will 
continue on his return to the Coast 
this week. 


Major American distribs, ready to 
Call off their efforts to sell Holly- 
wood product to Russia, have re- 
ceived a U, S. government sugges- 
tion that they continue their nego- 
tiations ais long as any possibility 
at all exists. The suggestion was 
reportedly imparted to company 
toppers at a session in New York 
early last week by Eric Johnston, 
following talks he held with Pres- 
ident Truman and State Dept, of- 
ficials. 

Major prexies,. it is understood, 
had been about ready to instruct 
Irving A. Maas, v.p. and general 
manager of the Motion Picture Ex- 
port Assn., the co-op which handles 
the Russe territory,, to give up af- 
ter almost two years of delaying 
tactics by Moscow. One of the 
reasons behind the desire to call 
the dealings off is the feeling that 
the industry is suffering public re- 
lations-wise in the U. S. as a result 
(Continued on page 16) 


7 N.Y. Circuits Team To 
Push ‘Early Last Show' 
Plan in Bow in Queens 

In a new example Of cooperation 
among exhibitors, representatives 
Of seven major New York circuits 
banded together this week to push 
the so-called “early last show’’ idea 
to customers in the borough of 
Queens, N. Y. Circuits are staging 
an election among filmgoers, which 
will be announced in special quar- 
ter-page ads in two Long Island 
daily newspapers, Sept. 13, to de- 
termine whether the customers 
favor a change in tha theatres’ pro- 
gram schedules. 

Tieing in with the campaign are 
Brandt Theatres, Century Circuit, 
Interboro, Loew’s, Prudential, 
RKO and the Skouras chain. Idea 
is based on an experiment launched 
several months ago at Loew's Em- 
bassy theatre, North Bergen, N. J,, 
under which the last complete 

(Continued On page 20) 

J. Arthur Warner’s 150G 
Deal in Justman’s MPC 

Hollywood, Sept. 5. 

Another Warner is now in the 
picture business, but not of the 
Burbank clan. He is J. Arthur 
Warner, head of the Wall Street 
investment house bearing his name, 
who becomes a director of the Mo- 
tion Picture” Center with an invest- 
ment of $150,000. 

The New Yorker, while here en 
route from a Honolulu holiday, 
closed the deal, which is person- 
ally guaranteed by Joe Justman, 
head of MPC, large independent 
rental lot. Justman has pieces, 
ranging from 2V6% to 10%, in 11 
pictures turned out on the MPC 
lot, and these equities are guaran- 
tees for Warner’s investment* 


By MIKE KAPLAN 

Hollywood, : Sept. 5. 

Annually at this time, Hollywood 
veterans peer into the future in 
an effort to determine what job 
prospects are like for the final 
third of the year. Usually, the 
crying-towel boys come back from 
the long Labor Day weekend with 
dire forebodings. 

This year, to the surprised de- 
light of the timid listeners, the 
feeling of pessimism seems to be 
disappearing. Not that there’s any 
great, talk of a vast production up- 
surge. But by arid large, filmites 
expect production to continue along 
at an “average” level for the next 
several months at least. 

Just what constitutes an “aver- 
age” in these parts is hard to es- 
tablish. But the boys who can spot 
a trend ait 500 yards believe firmly 
that the trend at the moment is 
toward normalcy-— that is, toward a 
sensible level of production that 
will keep studioites busy through 
the early days of the new year at 
least. To support this contention, 
they point out that' some of the 
studios have already had What 
amounts to a layoff, a summer hi- 

(Cbntinued on page 16) 


J. 1.. Warner’s Quickie 

Jack L. Warner, who passed 
through New York last week on his 
way to France; is expected back in 
about a month. He flew to 
Paris last Wednesday (30) night 
and headed from there to the Ri- 
viera, where he has a home. 

Trip was said to be purely a va^ 
cation, He is expected to sperid at 
least a few days in Warner Bros, 
homeoffice huddles »upon his re- 
turn to New Y ork and before going 
back to the Coast. 




Working formula of the new 
trade agreement with the British 
will be taken up in detail by the 
directorate of the Motion Picture 
Export Assn, at a meeting in New 
York tomorrow (Thurs ), with the 
most discussion promising to cen- 
ter around the specific definition 
of production investment in Eng- 
land. 

The basic deal, which already 
has been given tentative approval 
by MPEA . and the independents, 
provides for annual remittance of 
earnings up to $17,000,000. Ad- 
ditionally, each company may con- 
vert earnings over that level at 
the rate of 50% of the amount of 
their investment in British film- 
making. This carries with it : an 
abundance of technical detail 
which is awaiting' clarification. 

The Society of Independent Mo- 
tion Picture Producers is slated 
to meet in Hollywood later this 
month on the pact which will be 
(Continued on page 18) 


London, Sept. 5. 

J. Arthur Rank, in connection 
with his annual financial report is- 
sued today (Tues.), disclosed that 
he will not make any films on his 
own during the coming year* but 
hoped to produce them all in asso- 
ciation with British independents 
or American firms... He said he 
hoped by this means to complete 
20 pix during the year ending next 
June. 

Rank added that he will give up 
to 50% financing via distribution 
guarantees, equipment and facili- 
ties of Pinewood and Ealing stu- 
dios. Risks involved will be shared 
by General Film Distributors ( a 
subsid of Odeon) and Gaumont- 
British, 60% by the former and 
40% by latter. 

In his introduction to the report, 
Rank stated that his policy has 
been to reduce film production com- 
mitments to such a level that the 
disastrous financial experience of 
(Continued on page 20) 

. * • „ . 

SDG Cites Huston 

Hollywood, Sept. 5. 

Quarterly Award of Screen 
Directors Guild goes to John Hus- 
ton for directing “Asphalt Jungle.” 
Period covered by award is from 
May 1 to July 31, initial quarter 
of the 1950-51 year.' 

Assistant director Jack Green- 
wood will receive medallion for 
work on same picture. 


London, Sept. 5. 

J. Arthur Rank Organization, in 
its annual financial report issued 
today (Tuesday), disclosed a loss of 
£91,818 ($257,000) for the year 
ending last Jun^ 24 as against a 
profit of £33,010 ($92,000) for the 
previous fiscal year. Paradoxically, 
despite the figures, study of the 
complex statement of the Rank fi- 
nancial empire reveals the 12 
months as having been consider- 
ably more successful than the dis- 
astrous 1948-49 semester. 

While Rank’s various production 
activities continued to account for 
heavy losses in the 1949-50 stanza, 
they were cut impressively from 
the previous year. New report 
shows production having lost £2,- 
325,000 ($6,510,000) compared with 
£.3,350,000 ($9,290,000) during the 
previous year. 

Consolidated statement of Rank’s 
varied production, distribution, ex- 
hibition and technical enterprises 
also showed a very substantial im- 
provement in trading profits. In- 
crease amounted to £ 2,300,000. 
Only £ 1,706,070 of this increase 
shows on the current report, how- 
ever, because of a change in ac- 
counting methods. Trading profits 
for 1949-50 are listed at £ 3,293,426 
(Continued on page 18) 


Tourists Lagged Behind 
For Venice Pix Festival; 




By HELEN McGILL TUBBS 

Venice, Aug. 29. 

Eleventh annual Venice Film 
Festival, ending this Saturday (9), 
has not drawn the flocks of tourists 
anticipated for the event. Probably 
because of the Korean situation* 
there are few Americans present. 
Rubbernecks now in Venice ap- 
parently are not impressed® with 
the opportunity of seeing the films, 
since they can see most of them 
at home. 

Most people here have been in- 
vited by the Italian government, 
so the bar and gambling casino 
(Continued on page 22) 



Labor Day Week Booms Biz ; ‘Rose’ Takes 1st Place 
With ‘Pants/ ‘Sunset/ ‘Stock’ Next Biggest 


Labor Day week upsurge is 1 
carrying film theatre biz in key 
cities to highest peaks since early 
this year. Reports from Variety 
correspondents in 22 key cities 
shows the top eight pictures gross- 
ing over $1,852,000, or a pickup 
of nearly $900,000 over recent 
weeks. Cool weather in many keys 
was a favorable factor but strong 
product appeared the keynote. 

“Black Rose” (20th) is easily box- 
office champ this session, with more 
than $455,000, total, which is about 
$119,000 ahead of its nearest com- 
petitor. Tyrone Power - Orson 
1 Welles starrer is registering fine to 
terrific biz in some 15 key spots, 
being leader in four cities. 

“Fancy Pants” (Par) takes over 
second slot by a sizeable margin, 
nosing .... out “Sunset Boulevard” 
(Par). Both are largely smash in 
current week. “Sunset,” third 
place winner, hung up a new Labor 
Day week high at the N.Y. Mysic 
Hall, where in its( fourth week. 

“Summer Stock” (M-G), on its 
first week out on extensive release, 
is finishing fourth. “Tea for Two” 
(WB), another new entry, is taking 
fifth money while “Broken Arrow” 
(20th) is winding up sixth. 

“Our Very Own” (RKO), even in 
the face of all this new product, 
captures seventh position while 


“Louisa” (U) is eighth. “Three 
Little Words” (M-G) and “Born to 
Be Bad” (RKO), latter a newcomer, 
round out the Big’ 10 list. “Kiss 
Tomorrow Goodbye” (WB) and “In 
Foreign Legion” (U) head the run- 
nerup pictures. 

Of the new entries, “Saddle 
Tramp” (U), “Union Station” 
(Par) and “Life of Her Own” (M- 
G), besides “Born,” hint greatest 
possibilities. “Tramp” is socko in 
three Denver spots, holding over 
in all of them, and is fine in Omaha 
and Chicago. It also started out 
well in St. Louis. “Life” is smash 
in San Francisco and solid in 
Philly. “Station” looms great in 
Seattle. “Shakedown” (U), also 
new, is okay in one situation and 
nice in another. 

“Treasure Island” (RKO) shapes 
great on third N.Y. Week. “Flame 
and Arrow” (WB), big in Seattle, is 
smash in Montreal. 

“Destination Moon* (EL), fine in 
Baltimore, looms solidly in Philly 
and socko in Washington. “Desert 
Hawk” (U) looks nice in Frisco. 
“Quiet on Western Front” (Indie) 
is great in Cincy. 

“So Young, So Bad” (U A) shapes 
smash in Montreal. “711 Ocean 
Drive” (Col) is okay in Minne- 
apolis. 

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Wednesday, September 6, 1950 



PICTURES 



BIG EXHIB 




Hollywood, Sept. -5. > 

If a yarn proves profitable pic- 
ture fodder once, there’s ho reason 
tvliy it shouldn’t do so again. That 
appears to be a growing credo 
among Hollywood’s filmmakers on 
the basis of the flow of remakes 
recently. 

When is a remake not a remake 
is a pertinent question, of course, 
in this regard. Despite eyebrow- 
raising similarities', some studios 
have insisted that a pic bears no re- 
lationship’' to any forebear. A case 
in point was 20th-FpX’s “Wabach 
Avenue,” which most observers in- 
sisted on coupling with the same 
studio’s previously-released “Coney 
Island.” 

Then again, some films con- 
sciously start out as remakes, but 
by the time the scripters get fin- 
ished writing and rewriting, the 
similarities have pretty well van- 
ished. An example here is Bob 
Hope’s current “Fancy Pants,” 
Which bears little likeness' except 
in basic theme to “Ruggles of Red 
Cap,” from which it has heen 
lifted. 

Paramount is by * fat the leader 
ampng the lots for remakes. It has 
gone in for them heavily as Hope 
and Bing Crosby vehicles. Aside 
from “Fancy Pants,” Hope was in 
“Sorrowful Jones,” which was an 
updating of “Little Miss Marker,” 
And he’s currently making “The 
Lemon Drop Kid,” which is a re- 
furbished version of a pic of the 
same title in 1934; 

The studio reached back into the 
files for Crosby yarns in the case 
of “Riding High,” which had been 
“Broadway Bill,” and “Connecticut 
Yankee,” which had been done 
twice before, once in 1921 and 
again in 1931. 

Warner Bros, has a remake in re- 
lease currently. It’s “Tea*for Two,” 
which originally hit the screens as 
“No, No, Nanette.” Latter was the 
title of the Broadway musical on 
(Continued on page 16) 



David 0. Selznick and Sir Alex- 
ander Korda settled their differ- 
ences last week under the spur of 
New York Federal Court Judge Irv- 
ing Kaufman. Jurist’s demand that 


ing to Korda approximately £100,- 
000 ($280,000) that was in escrow 
in London and the turning over by 
Korda’s rep in New York to DOS 
a print of “Gone to Earth.” 

Dispute grew out of the arbitra- 
tion decision a couple months ago 
of Robert P. Patterson. Judge 
Kaufman ordered that that de- 
cision be abided by. That meant 
acceptance by Selznick of certain 
papers insuring his western hemi- 
sphere rights to “Earth,” which he 
got in a trade from Korda, Selz-^ 
nick attorneys had objected to the 
form of some of the documents, 
and Korda’s counsel has agreed to 
revise them to give DOS further 
assurances. 

Escrow coin was the proceeds of 
distribution by Korda in England 
of . Selznick’s “Paradine . Case,” 
which was traded for “Gone to 
Earth,” in which Selznick’s wife, 
Jennifer Jones, is starred, 



.. March of Time revamped its ex- 
ecutive setup last week in keeping 
with its increased ! TV activity. 
Arthur Murphy, Who lias been gen- 
eral manager of Life mag, was 
niaide general manager of MOT, 
change being made to solidify busi- 
ness activity with industrial ac- 
counts. 

Arthur Tourtellbt, associate pro- 
ducer of MOT, was promoted to 
director of television production. 
He was associate producer of “Cru- 
sade in Europe,” made by MOT 
for TV, and recently was loaned 
40 Life mag to work on its history 
of the last war. 



Monogram, which released two 
of its big-budgeters during the past 
year through United Artists, will 
turn no further pix over to other 
companies for distribution, George 
D. Burrows, exec v.p..and treasurer/ 
sdid in New York this week. Mono 
and its affiliate. Allied Artists, will 
stick to the moderate-cost category 
of production and distribute all of 
their own product in the future, 
Burrows said. 

Mono exec added that results of 
release by UA of “Red Light” and 
“Gun Crazy” would' determine hoW 
well his company’s first quarter 
financial statement would look. 
Mono’s year begins July 1 . Results* 
of distribution of the two pix so 
far, he admitted, had been some- 
what below expectations. Films 
were* handed to UA because it was 
felt it could get terms and play- 
dates more commensurate with 
their budgets arid values than could 
either Mono or AA. 

Burrows, who will return to tljfc 
Coast next week; is in New York 
for a fortnight for talks with Guar- 
anty Trust (of which he was for- 
merly v.p.). and Bank of Manhat- 
tan on Mono’s revolving credits. 
Talks are routine, with no impor- 

the litigants stop stalling wnsldS 

last Friday (1) in Selznick releas- a 0,1 r 


TO 

AFTER 3 MORE FILMS 

Hollywood, Sept. 5. 

Santana Productions, organized 
about two years ago by Humphrey 
Bogart and Robert Lord, will be 
dissolved on completion of three 
more pictures. To date the com- 
pany has made four films for Co- 
lumbia release. 

Three stories awaiting produc- 
tion on the Santana schedule are 
“Sirocco” and “The Secret,” start- 
ing in November and “Butcher 
Bird,” to be filmed early in 1951. 


Comprehensive study of every 
exhibitor and theatre irt the. U. S., 
which is to be used in composite 
form for magazine and newspaper 
feature stories as part of the indus- 
try’s public relations job, will be 
undertaken by the Council of Mo- 
tion Picture Organizations as soon 
as the exec board approves the 
plan. Project is to be handled bl 
JEarl Hudson of, United, Detroit 
Jjheatres, who will chairman a sub- 
committee under Nathan Yamins’ 
committee on program and plan- 
ning. Cost of the project, estimat- 
ed to be $10,000, lias been sub- 
scribed by an unidentified charter 
member of COMPO, who will be 
repaid later by COMPO contribu- 
tions. 

In asking the exec board to vote 
approval of the project as soon as 
possible, COMPO prez Ned E. De- 
pin et said the 41 questions which 
exhibs will be asked to answer will 
provide the organization with “a 
wealth of information to use in 
answering critics of our industry- 
information which We have never 
had before because there was no 
organization to which.it could be 
safely entrusted.” Majority of 
questions deal specifically with 
each theatre’s operating policy, “but 
there is also a group which asks for 
specific information on the exhib 
personally. ; Noting that v “at first 
blush these may seem to be none 
of our business,” Depinet empha- 
sized that the answers will never 
be used on an individual basis, but 
that composite answers “will prob- 
t (Continued on page 9) 


as 

Hollywood, Sept! 5. 
Shakespeare’s “Richard III” will 
be filmed by a new indie produc- 
tion unit recently , organized by 
Richard Whorf and Fred Finkle- 
hoff e, Current plan is to shoot the 
picture at The Cloisters in N. Y. r 
to take advantage of the Gothic 
architectural background, 

Film is slated for a spring start, 
with Whorf starring and splitting 
the director job with Finklehoffe. 




(Continued on page 22) 

PAM BLllENTHAL’S 
BIG PRODUCTION PLANS 

A. Pam Blumenthal, board chair- 
man of Fidelity Pictures, said here 
yesterday (Tues. ) he is well under- 
way with full : scale independent 00- 
eration, with four films already 
completed or near completion and 
with a program of five per year 
planned. 

Blumenthal is i n New York from 
the Coast to talk releasing plans 
with Universal, which will handle, 
two that he . has just com Dieted. 
First is “Woman On the .Biin.” star- 
ring Ann Sheridan, and Dennis 
O’Keefe, set for release in mid- 
October. Next will be “The Groom 
Wore Sours ” January. release; 

Operating at Hollywood’s Mo- 
tion Picture Center, Blumenthal 
said his future lineup Includes “Mv 
Wife, the Celebrity.” starring Paul- 
ette Goddard, .slated to go into 
production Oct . 1, and “Chuck-o- 
Luck,” to start rolling at the end 
of'November. His other past efforts 
were “Montana Belle,” Jane Rus- 
sell starrer, for RKO, and “House 
By River” for Republic. Blumen- 
ilial said his story properties in- 
clude “The Life of Helen Morgan” 
and . “Gentleman From Chicago.” 
He has a bid in for the Broad- 
way musical, “Gentlemen Prefer 
Blondes,” he added.: 

Blumenthal will be in New York 
for the remainder of the week, re- 
turning to the Coast on. Monday. 


Council of Motion picture Or- 
ganizations moved several steps 
closer to active operation this week 
with the appointment of Robert W. 
Coyne as principal aide to exec v.p. 
Arthur Mayer, and the start of dues 
collections. 

Coyne will move over to COMPO 
Sept. 15 from his present exec post 
with the Ted Gamble theatre chain. 
He’ll carry the title of special coun-' 
sel to COMPO. . Post is a full-time 
one and will: pay $20,000 a year, 
plus another $5,000 in expenses. 

Duties will be of general execu- 
tive nature in the operation of the 
new all-industry public relations 
setup, plus considerable speech- 
making to exhibitors and other 
groups, and travel for the purposes 
of promoting grass-roots organiza- 
tion of COMPO. 

Also invited to the COMPO fold 
as special consultant on a part- 
time basis was William Ainsworth, 
former president of Allied. The 
.post of editorial director of 
COMPO went to Dick Pitts, for- 
mer film critic for the Charlotte 
(NC) Observer. 

Members of COMPO’s exec 
board, particularly reps of Theatre 
Owners of America, appeared well-, 
pleased last week with the prospect 
of Coyne’s joining up, since his 
background and experience well.-’ 
fitted him for the job. Prior to 
joining Gamble, he *was exec direc- 
tor of TOA and before that was 
(Continued oh page 22) 


“We’ve had discussions, but 
they’re still very much in the pre- 
liminary stage,” Leonard Golden- 
son, United Paramount prexy, said 
this weelt . regarding the circuit’s 
forthcoming split of its interest 
with Karl Hoblitzelle in the Inter- 
state chain in Texas. UP topper re- 
fused comment, oh the basis that 
negotiations to date .have been too 
vague, on reports that his chain 
would buy out Hoblitzelle and then 
employ him on a management con- 
tract. 

Goldenson pointed out that un- 
der the federal court decree in 
which the split was ordered, the 
circuit has until March 3,. 1952, to 
accomplish it Thus, he explained, 
negotiations have y been going on 
at a leisurely pace, ' 

They are expected to perk early 
next month when the Texas the- 
atreman comes through New York 
on his way from his summer cot-, 
tage on Cape Cod, Deal at that 
time is anticipated to take on 
more definite shape. 


Detailed plan for coordination 
of all the Government’s film ac- 
tivities will be discussed in Wash- 
ington Friday (8) by the Council 
Of Motion Picture Organization’s 
Committee on Cooperation with 
the U. S. Government prior to its 
meeting: with President Truman. 
Plan was devised by Art Arthur, 
of the Motion Picture Industry 
Council, who will go. to the capital 
from Hollywood to present it. 

Arthur’s blueprint, it is under- 
stood, would obviate various gov- 
ernment departments and agencies 
making pictures on similar sub- 
jects, whether for training or 
informational purposes; Reported- 
ly, there was much overlapping of 
production effort along this line 
by the Army, Navy, State Dept., 
etc., during the last war. 

If the committee feels it' practi- 
cal, the plan may be mentioned to 
the President during the group’s 
confab with him, Otherwise, it may 
be taken up with a number, of Gov- 
ernment ^officials who’ll conclave 
with the 10-man committee before 
and after the session with Mr. 
Truman; 

r There’s a possibility that among 
those who’ll talk with the group 
will be Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt. 
Also John W. Snyder, Secretary of 
the Treasury, who’ll consult on 
following up the. film industry’s 
activity on the sale of bonds in 
World War II, A rep of “Voice of 
America” is also expected to be on 
hand f 0 r discussion of films 
through which the industry may 
advance the “Voice” program of 
overseas information, * 

On another COMPO front, its 
Committee on Organization will 
meet in New York today (Wednes- 
day). Prime purpose; of the session 
called by chairman Harry Brandt 
(Continued on page 9) 


BREYER-LUSTIG IN 




Perlberg’s 6-Week Yacash 

ing at Par 



Flock of writers and technicians 
associated with the Louis de Roche- 
mont unit at Columbia are working 
for Lou Breyer and Emil Lustig 
on a pic they’re co-producing in 
Boston. Indie film is “The House 
on Beacon Hill,” satire of four old 
ladies who conjure up and pull off 
a $500,000 robbery similar to that 
of the Brink’s Express Co. in the 
Hub. 

Breyer is an indie exchange op- 
erator in Boston and Lustig is a 
New York financier who got the 
coin together for de Rochemorit’s 
“Lost Boundaries.” Idea for the 
yarn was Breyer’s and he put three 
writers on leave from de Roche- 
mont on his payroll in Boston to 
develop it. They are William Col- 
leran, Martin Plissner and Michael 
Roemer. 

Breyer and Lustig are using : a 
crew put together by de Roche- 
1 mont for the filming. They are 
also said to be . dickering for re- 
lease with Columbia,: which distrib- 
utes de Roch?mont product. 
There’s also, said to be a slight pos- 
sibility of the pic bearing the de 
Rochemont label.. ; 

Budget on the pic, which ifc ber 
( ing made in semi-documentary 
fashion, is about $125,000. 


Spurred by the business upswing, 
which has been in - progress gen- 
erally since July 4, theaitremen are 
busy with plans for an all : out ef- 
fort to keep the customers coming. 

Boxoffice stimulants are promi- 
nent on the agenda of the. series 
of RKO Theatres division mana- 
gers meetings which will begin 
today (Wed.) at the New York 
homeoffice, with assistant general 
manager William W. Howard pre- 
siding. Home office executives of 
United Paramount and exhibitor 
partners in the field similarly will 
go into a huddle Sept, 26-28 in the 
Poconos for an exchange of views 
on means of boosting income, as 
well os other matters. 

The feeling being expressed in 
exhibition circles is tha product 
has be en improving and bigger 
business is available. Extra promo- 
tional push and other customer 
(Continued on page 22) 


Hollywood, Sept. 5. 

The William Perlbergs (Bobbie 
Brox) are combining a six-week 
holiday, before the 20th-Fox pro- 
ducer shifts over to the Paramount 
lot with his own Perlberg-Seaton 
(George) Productions, with golfing, 
football and seeing their son ma- 
triculate at Stanford. 

Perlberg, Jr., enters Stanford 
Sept. 21, his parents remain on for 
the Stanford-San Jose opening 
game Sept. 23, and after that they 
will retire! to their Palm Springs 
home until mid-October. , 



Hollywood, Sept; 5. 

Republic will start seven pic- 
tures in the next seven weeks, two 
j in September and five in October. 
On this month’s sceduie are “Cu- 
ban Fireball,” starring Estelita; and 
“Honeychile,” first of the new Judy 
Canova series. 

October schedule calls for “The 
Pride of Maryland,” “Heart of the 
Rockies,” “Rough Riders of Du- 
rango,” “Winds of Monterey” and 
“Million Dollar Manhunt.” 


TIE WITH ROY ROWLAND 

Hollywood, Sept. 5. 

Jack Cummings and Roy Row- 
land are forming an independent 
unit, with possi bility of either 20th- 
Fox or United Artists releasing. 
New company will be activated 
when Rowland winds up directing 
“Excuse My Dust,” Red Skelton 
starrer, at Metro in a month or so. 

No slate is set yet, but Cum- 
mings will produce and Rowland 
direct in new setup. Understood 
part financing L coming from Cum- 
mings- cousin Nathan Cummings, 
board chairmar of Consolidated 
Grocers Corp. Chicago. Cummings- 
nephew of Louis B. Mayer, has 
been at Metro over 20 years, hav- 
ing started as an office boy. Row- 
land, who is married to Cummings' 
sister has been there 18 years. 

Dore Schary, Metro production 
head, requested they stay on, but 
they want indie status. 


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FILM REVIEWS 


Pft&IETY 


Wednesday, September 6, 1950 


The Sleeping City 

Universal-International release o£ Leon- 
ard Goldstein production* Stars Richard 
Conte, Coleeh Gray; features Richard 
Taber, John Alexander, Peggy Dow, Alex 
Nicol. Directed by George Sherman, 
Story and screenplay, Jo Eislnger; cam- 
era, William Miller; editor, Frank Gross; 
music, Frank Skinner. Previewed at Park 
Ave. theatre, N. Y„ Aug. 30, *50, Run- 
ning time, tS MINS, 

Fred Rowan , .............. Richard Conte 

Ann Sebastian............. Coleeh Gray 

Pop Ware ...... Richard Taber 

Inspector Gordon . ... i. .John Alexander 

Kathy' Hall . a, .....Peggy Dow 

Dr. Steve Anderson. . .Alex Nicol 


the plane down in Naples. Both 
go sightseeing for a couple of 
hours. They return to the airport 
just in time to see their plane roar- 
ing away overhead. Mote sightsee- 
ing together to Pompeii and Capri. 
When they return to Naples for 
new plane reservations, 7 they dis- 
cover that the ship they were to 
have taken had crashed and that 
they are reported dead. They de- 
cide that since the world no longer 
believes they exist, they will start 
a new life together. One day his 

nr i tt n- , ! wife, Jessica Tandy, and son, Rob-- 

Maik Hellinger s The Naked ert Arthur, arrive in Italy. She is 

City” apparently formed an indeli- willing to let the divorce go 
ble impression a couple of years I through, but Cotten and .Miss 
ago as a murder melbdrama reeled ' Fontaine realize that, m spite of 


against the New York skyline, and 
for good reason. The pattern was 

certainly successful enough to war- 
rant being followed up, and “The 
Sleeping City” is along those lines. 
It hasn’t the depth in story and 
performance value of “Naked City,’* 
but it maintains strong interest to 
got by at the boxoftice. It has been 
given a good production. / 

The Leonard Goldstein produc- 
tion, storied in the corridors of 
N. Y.’s Bellevue hospital— and ac- 
tually filmed at Bellevue— has re- 
cruited a New York stage cast, in 
the main* . to back up the stars, 
Richard Conte and Coleen Gray, in 
telling a yarn of intrigue and mur- 
der; Only' as Conte points up in 
a foreword, none of these actually 
happened at Bellevue. (The fore- 
word, incidentally, was U-I’s balm 
for Mayor O’Dwyer’s gripe that the 
city-operated hosp was pictured in 
an unfavorable light). 

“Sleeping City” tells of two 
deaths in which the hospital is in- 
volved. Both victims are internes. 
Bot h, because -of meagre wages that 
all internes receive, are forced to 
steal narcotics from the hospital 
stocks and sell them to pay off 
gambling debts. Both haye become 
linked with an unknown book- 
maker. One of the internes 'is shot 
to death, and the other forced to 
suicide. Conte plays a member of 
the police confidential squad who 
is planted in the hospital as an in- 
terne to uncover the mystery, and 
Miss Gray is the nurse snared in 
the illegal drug traffic. 

Conte gives his usually plausible 
performance, underplaying in con- 
trast to a number of the Broadway- 
recruited players with their tend- 
ency to overact. Miss Gray looks 
attractive as the nurse, though her 
characterization doesn’t call for 
much thesping ability. John Alex- 
ander, vet legiter, punches a little 
too hard as the police inspector, 
while Peggy Dow, being given a 
buildup by Universal, is little more 
than a waikOn. The part of the el- 
derl5 r elevator operator, the key to 
the racketeering, as played by 
Richard Taber, is also somewhat 
overacted. The over-emphasized 
performances could have been 
curbed by the direction. Alex 
Nicol, a new face to pictures, plays 
the interne Who suicides, and indi- 
cates high promise. He gives a per- 
formance of marked dramatic in- 
tensity, yet he never overplays. 
Otherwise, the picture is full of 
unbilled background types. 

Photography is low-key, in keep- 
ing with the “sleeping city” aura 
that the direction successfully em- 
phasized. Kahn. 


September Affair 

Venice, Aug. 25. 

Paramount release of Hal Wallis pro- 
duction.’ Stars Joan Fontaine, Joe Got- 
ten, Francois# Rosay; features Jessica 
Tandy, Jimmy Lydon, Robert Arthur. Di- 
rected by William Dieterle. Screenplay, 
Robert Thoeren from story by Fritz 
Rotter; camera, Charles B. Lang; score, 
Victor Young; concert scene conducted 
lay Wolfgang Frankel. World premiere at 
Venice Festival, Aug. -35, *S0. Running 
time, tl MNS. 

Manina Stuart. .Joan Fontaine 

David Lawrence. ..Joseph Cotten 

Maria Salvatini Franchise Rosay 

Catherine Lawrence ....... Jessica Tandy 

David Lawrence, Jr ..... . .Robert Arthur 

Johnny Wilson. . .Jimmy Lydon 

G raz/.i . . . i ........... . Fortunio Bonanova 

Bianca , ...... ............. .Grazia Narciso 

Rosita. . . . . .... , . . . . .Anna Demetrio 

Vittorio Portinl. . . . Lou Steele 

Mr. Pcppino. . . . .... . ... .Frank Yaconelll 


their love, they cannot run away 
from responsibilities, or cut the 
past away. They return to New 
York ; to pick up where they left 
off— and with beautiful memories 
of romance in Italy in September. 

The story does not call upon its 
characters for any great dramatic 
acting. Miss Fontaine gives a 
light touch to her role without be- 
coming flirtatious. Cotten is al- 
ways believable as the engineer 
who finds that running away from 
work and wife is not the answer 
to his restlessness and unhap- 
piness. 

Francoise Rosay is a happy 
choice in liei* role, giving it a Con- 
tinental flavor much needed in the 
story line, Jimmy Lydon, as the 
American soldier, is excellent, and 
Miss Tandy and Arthur, as the wife 
and son, give good performances. 
The minor roles are. weak, and 
scenes could have been strength- 
ened by the selection of stronger 
• personalities for characters and bit 
players. 

The lensing of the backgrounds 
in Europe is handled with except 
tionally good taste. The musical 
sequences are also tasteful, and it 
is gratifying to see Miss Fontaine 
playing the Rachmaninoff Concerto 
with an intelligent look on her face 
instead of a dreamy and tearful 
half smile. Direction never gets 
out of William Dieterle’s capable 
hands. ' Tubbs. 


Indian Territory 

/ (SONGS) • 

Columbia release of Armand Schaefer 
production. Stars Gene Autry.. Directed 
by- John English. Screenplay, Norman . S. 
Hall;- : editor, James Sweeney; camera 
(sepia), William Bradford. Yradeshown 
N; Y., Aug. 30, '50. Running time, 70 MINS. 

Gene Autry. .. Himself 

Shadrach Jones . Pat Buttram 

Melody Colton . . . Gail Davis 

Lt. Randolph Mason. . . Kirby • Grant 
Apache Kid James Griffith 

Curt Raidler . .Philip Van Zandt 

Jim Colton . . . . . . . . . .... . ... , . Pat Collins 

Major Farrell ............ .. Roy Gordon 

Soma . ... . .Charles Stevens 

Captain Wallace .......... Robert Carson 


Miniature Reviews 

“The Sleeping City” (U-I) 
Richard Conte-Coleen Gray in 
interesting hospital murder 
mystery. 

“September Affair” (Par), 
Slick Joan Fontaine- Joseph 
Cotten starrer; good bio.. 

“Indian Territory” (Col) 
(Songs). Good Gene Autry 
oatuner. 

“Rookie Fireman” (Col) has 
enough action to guarantee 
OK reception as a supporter. 

“Timber Fury” (EL). Weak 
logging yarn. 

“Train to Tombstone” (Lip- 
pert). Oater which doesn’t 
come off. 

“Shadow of Eagle” (British) 
(B-L). Satisfactory b.o. looms 
for . this swashbuckler. 


carries odd assortment of char- 
acters. Plot has something to do 
with a stickup man’s plans to rob 
baggage car of $250,000 worth of 
gold train is transporting to Tomb- 
stone, but this isn’t clear in its 
planned execution. There are ^a 
couple of Indian attacks on train 
and same Injun repeatedly falling 
off his pony, which are just plain 
funny in their ridiculousness. 

Don Barry, who wrote original, 
moves through all this With his six- 
guns a-blazin’, shooting out the car 
windows at Indians who are in an- 
other direction entirely. 

W illiam Berke handled both pro- 
duction and direction chores. 

Whit. . 


men, to guarantee it okay recep- 
tion as a supporter. 

Characters in Harry Field’s 
story, screenplayed by Jerry Sack- 
heim, are all stereotyped and as 
such do quite a bit to lessen im- 
pact film could have contained. 
A documentary narrative serves 
to explain the trials and tribula- 
tions of becoming a fireman, set- 
tling on Bill; Williams as an ex- 
ample. Williams, a . tough seaman 
who prizes his independence and 
takes a job with the fire depart- 
ment only because of a dock 
strike, gets mixed up with a strict 
fire chief, a waitress, and other 
incidental standard characters un- 
til he winds up with the chief as 
r his friend, the waitress about to 
become his wife, and the fire de- 
partment as his profession. 

Film has received fine mantling 
from Milton Feldman, who’s made 
good use of the stock shots and 
above-average cast for a low-budg- 
eter of this type. 

Players, especially Williams and 
Barton MacLane as the fire chief, 
do well considering their roles. 

Direction of Seymour Friedman 
could have avoided some of the 
cliche sequences, but otherwise is 
okay. Remaining technical credits 
are stock. Neal. 


Timber Fury 

(SONGS) 

Hollywood, Sept. 1. 

Eagle Lion release 'of Jack Schwarz 
production. Stars David Bruce, Laura 
Lee, Zoro the Wonder Dog; features Sam 
Flint, George Slocum, Niela Dl Bruno. 
Produced and directed by Bernard B. 
Ray. Screenplay, Michael Hansen; cam- 
era, Elmer Dyer; musical director, Ralph 
Stanley. Reviewed Sept. 1, '50. Running 
time, 41 MINS. 

Jim .. David Bruce 

Laura Lee 


Sliutlowof tlie Eagle 

(BRITISH) 

London* Aug. 24. 

British Lion-Independent Films Dislrib 
utors release of Valiant . Filnis-Anthony ; 
Hnvelock-Allati production. ■ Stars Rich- ' 
ard Greene* Valentina Cortesa; features. 
Greta Gynt, Byinie Barnes. Directed by 
Sidney ; Salkow. Screenplay. Doreen 
Montgomery, Hagar Wilde; camera. Ed- 
win Hillier, Cecil Cooney; editor, Peter 
Graham Scott. At London Pavilion. Run- 
ning time, 92 MINS. 

Count Alexei Orloff ..... Richard Greene 

Princess TarakanoVa ..Valentina Cortesa. 
Empress of Russia. ....... .Binnie Barnes 

Countess Loredana, .V. , Greta Gynt 
General Korsakov . . . . ..Charles Goldner 

Prince Radziwill Walter Rilla 

Captain Sergei Nikolsky... . Hugh French 

Vasska .... . . . . ........... .Dennis Vance 




> 


“Affair” is a clever combination 
©f culture and commercialism put 
together in a manner which makes 
for good b.o. 

The exteriors* filmed in Romej 
Florence, Naples and Capri, are 
used to the highest advantage. 
Those who have seen these mem- 
orable sights abroad will view them 
with nostalgia; for those who 
haven’t, the pic will be educational 
and interesting. A sentimental 
story takes away any idea of the 
picture becoming a travelog, even 
though Italian tourism is given 
great encouragement throughout 
the well photographed scenes. 

Romance plot is plausible. It 
accents that most humans wish for 
far away places and a new life with- 
out ever hearing again from their 
past lives, and the strings attached 
thereto. -This story hinges on just 
that Joan Fontaine, pianist, and 
Joseph Cotten, an engineer, are on 
the same plane bound for New 
York from Rome; she to fulfill a 
concert engagement, he to return 
to his work, his marriage on the 
brink of divorce, and a son he sel- 
dom sees. Engine trouble forces 


‘ Indian Territory” is an above- Nicu m Bruno 

par oatuner in the Gene Autry Henry Wilson . -Sam Flint 

cycle. Pic has an unusually good sheriff ..................... .Lee Phelps 

production framework, with an] [paui^HoffmaS 

impressively sized cast and a fast, j Chung. .Spencer^ chan 

action yarn that’s slightly more oro 

complex than the ordinary run 

of modest-budgeted westerners. 

Couple of tunes, including “Chat- 
tanoogie Shoe Shine Boy,” inter- 
vene occasionally but not enough 
to slow the pace. * 

Yam is set immediately after the 
Civil War, with Autry playing an 
ex-Confederate officer now in the 
Indian service. Assigned to paci- 
fying some braves in a western 
territory, Autry masquerades as a 
rancher in order to track down the 
culprits. After several Indian raids 
he nails the white man who has 
been, stirring lip the Indians. Minor 
romantic interest is furnished by 
Gail Davis, as daughter of a 
rancher, and Kirby Grant, as Au- 
try’s sidekick. 

Autry plays with his usual Com- 
petency, handling the songs ac- 
ceptably even though the numbers 
are a little out of tune with the 
time of the picture. Miss Davis 
registers okay as the heroine, while 
James Griffith, as leader of the In- 
dian raiders, and Philip Van Zandt, 
as the foreign-bom intriguer, are 
solid as the heavies. Pat Buttram; 
as Autry’s scout, provides usual 
brand of western comedy. 

Camera work, in sepia, is good 
with several fine scenic shots add- 
ing values to the production. 

Herin. 


Rook to Fireman 

Hollywood, Sept. 2. 

Columbia release of Milton Feldman 
production. Stars Bill Williams, Barton 
MacLane, Marjorie' Reynolds, Gloria 
Henry, Richard Quine, John Ridgely. Di- 
rected by Seymour Friedman. Screen- 
play, Jerry Sackheim; story, Harry Field; 
camera. Vincent Farrar; editor, Aaron 
Stell; music,. Mischa Bakaleinikoff. Pre- 
viewed Sept. 1, ’50. Running time, 43 MINS. 

Jo# Blake; . Bill Williams 

Capt. Jess Henshaw. . . . Barton MacLane 

Margie Williams.. .. ...Marjorie Reynolds 

Peggy Walters. . ... ...... . . Gloria Henry 

Johnny Truitt . ... ..... ... Richard Quine 

Harry Williams John Ridgely 

Al Greco Richard Benedict 

Capt. Mack Connors. . . ... . , Cliff Clark 

Harris. . , . . . . . .> ........... Barry’ Brooks 

Floyd.....,..,......’.,. George; Eldredge 

Potts . ... ... . . . . . ... . , /(Gaylord Pendleton ! 

Charlie. ..... ... . ,.i. . ; i . . . .Frank Sully J 

Hanover . . . • . , . . », .Ted *J ordan 


“Timber Fury” is a routine 
logging meller with little to offer 
in way of novelty. Blowing up of 
a logjam is highlight scene, but 
this is brief and balance of ac- 
tion is pretty static. Suitable for 
small situations only. 

Based on James Oliver Curwood 
story, “Retribution,” narrative 
deals with attempts of a logging 
superintendant ' to prevent deliv- 
ery of a timber shipment so 
owner’s rival can get the order. 
Conflict enters scene when owner 
brings in a young engineer to solve 
problem of getting logs down the 
river in time. Timberman is mur- 
dered and his death blamed on en- 
gineer by super, who actually com- 
mitted crime. 

For juve pleasure, there’s Zoro, 
a white Greenland husky who 
plays pivoted part in plot, a beau- 
tiful animal but never called upon 
to perform any unusual stunts. 
David Bruce, as the engineer, 
hasn’t much chaiice with part, al- 
though he’s in a fight with George 
Slocum, the heavy, which gets by. 
In pair’s second fight, action is 
handled by thinly-disguised dou- 
bles. Slocum is old type heavy, 
down to a leer. Laura Lee is 
femme lead, Sam Flint murdered 
timberman. Niela Di Bruno war- 
bles couple of songs, “Blue, in Love 
Again” and “My Baby and Me,” 
unimpressively. Whit. 


Whatever liberties may 
been taken with history, Indepen- 
dent : Film Distributors’ first pic- 
ture provides plenty of thrills Of 
the. swashbuckling > school. Just as 
westerns claim an audience, so this 
may prove satisfying fare for 
lovers of pseudo-period heroics. 

Set in the turbulent days of 
Catherine of Russia, story concerns 
the mission of Count Orlof, or- 
dered by his Empress to proceed 
to Venice and - abduct the lovely 
Princess Elisabeth, who is a pre- 
tender to her throne. The couple 
meet incognito during carnival and 
fall in love. On discovering her 
identity, the Count switches sides 
but both are captured and impris- 
oned on arrival in Russia. Cath- 
erine decides to execute her rival 
after torture has failed to make 
her renounce her claim to the 
throne. When Orloff offers his 
life in exchange for the girl’s, the 
jealous Empress decides they shall 
both die. A skillfully planned es- 
cape enables the lover to rescue 
his lady, carry her to safety over 
the Swedish border and leave a 
trail of speared bodies behind. 

Richard Greene is duly gallant 
and foolhardy as the romantic 
Count and Valentina Cortesa 
makes a charming lady in distress, 
though her change from dark to 
blonde hair detracts from her nat- 
ural beauty. , Binnie Barries plays 
a statuesque Empress and Charles 
Goldner gives one of his rich char- 
acterizations as a scheming gen- 
eral. Greta Gynt and Walter Rilla 
make an impressively sinister pair 
of conspirators. . Minor roles are 
exuberantly handled to bring re- 
alism to an improbable story.v 

Camera work by Erwin Hillier 
and Cecil Cooney is on an excep- 
tionally high level. Clem. 


of acting. Cervi is somewhat stiff 
as the eager suitor. Luigi Almiran- 
ti has some highly comic bits as 
the caretaker. 

Lensing is good and music score 
is imaginative. Bril. 

Das Kind star Rouau 

(Child of Danube) 
(AUSTRIAN) 

(COLOR— MUSICAL) 

Vienna, Aug; 17. 

Staifilm release of Nova-Wien Filin 
Rosen hue gel production. Stars Marika 
Koekk. Directed by Georg Jacoby. Cam- 
era, Hans Koenig. At Apollo, Vienna. 
Running time, 90 MINS. 

Marika . . . . ... . . . * . . . . . , , . . . .Marika Roekk 

Georg . . ..... , » Fi*cd LiCwclir* 

Christof ..v. . . ...... , , •*.. • *. • • .Josef Egger 

Fi 3ii ■ Kovas . . . Anme . Rosar . 
Editor . , .» i., , • , , , , , . . .« . i Karl ■ Skraup 
Edith . . . , . .; . . . . . . . . . . . Hclly Servl 

Marika Roekk’s presence in 
“Child of the Danube” will help 
this pic at the boxoffice. The pic, 
however, lacks many ingredients 
needed for popular musical enter- 
tainment. It is too crammed with 
songs and dance numbers which 
slow down the slight plot. 

Marika uses her physical attrac- 
tions to the utmost. Her voice is 
hot what it used to be but she still 
appeals. As child of a Danube 
boatsman, she is discovered by a 
reporter. She backs her own legit 
company, and then marries him. 
Fred Liewehr, as- her partner, has 
a chance to exercise his mediocre 
vocal chords, and fails to impress. 

Karl Skraup as the newspaper- 
man, plus Josef Egger as an old 
sailor contribute the few laughs in 
the film. There is a well . done 
lesser role for Helly Servi as the 
cutie who unsuccessfully attempts 
to capture the scribe’s heart. 

Maas. 


Ail Re voir Monsieur 1 
fjirocit 

(Goodbye, Mister Crock) 
(FRENCH) 

Paris, Aug. 8. 

Disclna release of Le Trident produc- 
tion. Stars Crock, Suzy Prim. Henry Cas- 
sidy. Directed by Pierre Billon. Screen- 
play, N. A. Constantin!, Christfn-Falarzc; 
camera,' Nicolas Toporkoff ; editor, Michei 
Serein. At Rex, Paris. Running time, 
102 MINS. 

Grock . . .... . Himself 

Countess Siizy Print 

Henry. Cassidy..,.., ....... . .... .Himself 

The Aunt. . . . ...... . . . ; , Helena Mansoh 

Durand ............. ... Charles Lemontier 

Adrien ....... , . .............. . Ted llemy 


My 


Columbia’s “Rookie Fireman” 
includes enough action ingredients 


Train to Tonibgtfoue 

Hollywood, Aug. 31. 

Lippert release of Donald Barry-Willlitm 
Berke production. Stars Don Barry; fea- 
tures Robert LoWery, Wally Vernon, Tom 
Neal. Directed by William Berke. Screen- 
play, Victor West, OrVille Hampton, from 
drtginal by Don Barry; camera, Ernest 
Miller; music, Albert Glasser; editor, Carl 
Pierson. Previewed In Hollywood, Aug. 
31, *50. Running time, 91 MINS. 

Len Howard.....,.,....; Don Barry 

Staley . . . ...... .......... ; Robert Lowery 

Gulliver. .Wally Vernon 

Dr. Willoughby. . .Tom Neal 
Belle .■ .. ...i. . . • . , .Judith ^^11 en 
Abbie... ... .......... ...... Minna Phillips 

Doris Barbara Stanley 

Marie......,...,,.. Nan Leslie 

Brown . . . ................ . Claude Stroud 

Conductor. • « • • , • ........ » * . . .Ed Cassidy 


nr 


Train to Tombstone” is a poor 
excuse for a western, it simply 


in its somewhat interest-holding ‘ doesn’t jell, 
theme, twirled around city fire- 1 Action on a train to Tombstone 


Widow and I 

(ITALIAN) 

Distinguished Films ' release of Fauno 
production. Stars Vittorio De Sica. Isa 
Miranda, Gino Cervi. Directed by Carlo 
L. Braga glia. Written by Aldo de Bene- 
detti; camera, Arturo GaUea; music, Nino 
Rota; English titles, William Mishkin. At 
Little Cine Met, N. Y., Aug. 29,- *50. 
Running time, tl MINS, 

Adriano Lari Vittorio De Sica 

Maria Lari Isa Miranda 

Guglielmi Gino Cervi 

Madame Guglielmi ...... ..... Dina Galli 

Caretaker .Luigi Almlranli. 


An often-amusing comedy, but 
one which stretches out a single 
humorous situation into an 81- 
minute vehicle, “My Widow and 
I” should nevertheless do fairly 
well in Italian-language theatres. 
Its chances in general arty loca- 
tions are not as good, although it 
has the draw-value of Isa Miranda 
and Vittorio De Sica (director of 
“Bicycle Thief” and “Shoeshine”). 

Farce concentrates its humor 
around the ramifications of a hus- 
band (De Sica) who is believed 
dead and decides to pose as his 
brother in order to cash in on a 
big insurance policy. The fortune, 
howeveiy loses its appeal when his 
boss (Gino Cervi),. an old friend 
of his wife (Miss Miranda), makes 
a big pitch to woo the ‘'widow” 
and tries to enlist De Sica’s help. 

The gag wears a little thin, al- 
though there are some witty lines 
as the husband has to listen to 
the boss point up his shortcom- 
ings. Pic gets over some sophisti- 
cated, satiric notes via De Sica’s 
being legally dead and unable to 
compete against his former em- 
ployer’s fabulous wealth and 
.ardent attentions to his spouse. 
Ironic touch is that in the end he 
loses his wife to the consoling 
tycoon and takes a job as grave- 
digger in the cemetary where he 
is “buried.” 

Both De Sica and Miss Miranda 
reveal excellent thesping talents, 
although the overly-talky script 
doesn’t require much in the way 


This film pays homage to Grock, 
the famous international clown, 
who plays himself in the picture. 
Unfortunately the pic docs not 
avail itself of the opportunities of 
its colorful background. Instead, 
it is an oversweet outline of 
Grock’s life with the war over- 
shadowing the important aspects 
of his career.* This misplaced em- 
phasis creates a static film. On the 
Grock 6 name and its show back- 
ground, pic might do for dualers. 

Story is told in flashback by 
Grock. He runs away from home 
to join, the circus. He plays many 
instruments and does acrobatics, 
but the film completely sLuffs off 
his development as a clown. He is 
caught in a border incident just be- 
fore the war. -Then follows much 
newsreel footage which has: little 
to do with the film. His love for 
kids then is pushed to the fore. 
Standout of the pic is his farewell 
performance with him doing the 
piano routine. Here is the first evi- 
dence of Grock’s fine clowning, 
and hints what the film might have 
been with smart scriptirtg. 

Grock plays himself with ease 
while fed Remy makes an intense 
young Grock. There are many 
characters rung in without moti- 
vation, The worst offender is Suzy 
Prim, who overacts an operetta- 
type countess. Henry Cassidy, of 
NBC, is brought in to commentate 
the war passages. 

Nicolas Toporkoff ’s lending is. 
good. 

Director Pierre Billon gives the 
pic a pedestrian pace, the sawdust 
exhuberance never showing. 

Mosk. 


I Fiioritogge 

(The Outlaws) 

(ITALIAN) 

Genoa, Aug. 9. 

Roma Film release of a Rome produc- 
tion. Stars ' Vittorio. Gasamann. Umberto 
Spadaro, Ermftnno Randi, Maria Gra/.ia 
Fraftcia. Directed by Aldo Vergaho. 
Screenplay, Vergano. Mangidbe, Callcgari. 
Marinuccl, Mercaiiti, Caramazza, Fugllese,. 
Trieste; camera, Marco Scarpelll; editor, 
Dolores Tamburini. At Parco, Genoa. 
Running time, 90 MINS. 

Turrl . . . . . Vittorio Gassmann 

Don Cicclo- .Umberto Spadaro 

Cosimo. . ....... ... . . . . , .Ermanno Randi 

Maruzza ... .Marla Grazia Frnneia 


Rushed into release after the re- 
cent death of Sicilian bandit chief 
Giuliano, this pic, based largely on 
Giuliano’s exploits, is likely to cash 
in on public interest and publicity 
connected with the bandit. With- 
out the topical angle, pic would be 
a routine entry, and a bit on the 
dull side because it lacks action. 
If properly exploited, this one 
looks like a better than average 
grosser overseas. It will have much 
lesser chances in America . 

Traces of the hurry with which 
film was rushejd to completion are 

(Continued on page 20) 



Wednesday, September 6, 1950 


P&RIETY 


pictures 




. Pa. State Censorship 


Philadelphia, Sept. 5. 

Federal circuit court of appeals 
yesterday (Tues.) confirmed that 
the Pennsylvania State Board of 
Censors has no legal right to cen- 
sor films originating on any of the 
five television stations in the state, 
Original decision was handed down 
Oct. 26, 1949, by federal district 
judge William H. Kirkpatrick. 

In thus , giving the state bluenose 
organization the second setback in 
its fight to gain censorship author- 
ity over vidpix, the three-man 
court averred the censor board was 
attempting to interfere with the 
authority of the Federal Communi- 
cations Commission. “We think,” 
the court declared, “that Congress 
(through the FCC) has fully occu- 
pied the field of TV relations and 
that tlie field is . no longer open to 
the state.” 

Censors originally had demanded 
that all films to be televised be sub- 
mitted to them prior to the broad- 
cast for approval. Five video sta- 
tions objected, since adherence to 
the demand Would have meant they 
would have needed the pix so far 
in advance. Complainant stations 
Were WPTZ, WFIL-TV and WCAU- 
TV, all in Philadelphia: WDTV, 
Pittsburgh, and WGAL-TV, Lan- 
caster. ■' ’ 


GEO. MURPHY SPIELS 
AS HOLLYWOOD ENVOY 

Hollywood, Sept. 5, 

With Metro's Maurice N. Wolf 
now in his fifth year of carrying a 
film industry public relations pitch 
to civic groups throughout the 
country, the company is sending 
star George Murphy out on a 
speech-making tour in two weeks as 
its “Goodwill Ambassador No. 2.” 
Murphy, who will .also talk ta Ki- 
wanis and Rotary clubs, Chambers 
of Commerce, etc., will limn the 
industry from the Hollywood and 
production angles, thereby supple- 
menting • Wolf’s standard talks 
about production and exhibition. 

Even though Murphy’ plans to 
spiel about the entire industry, 
With his. particular pitch for M^G 
to be secondary, Metro is paying all 
his expenses as its contribution to 
the current pub-relations cam- 
paign. Actor, who is also an exec 
veepee of the Screen Actors Guild, 
is scheduled to start Sept. 22, when 
he’ll dedicate the new Union sta- 
tion in Toledo. During the next 
six weeks, he’ll hit 25 cities in 18 
states, discussing “good news about 
current Hollywood activities” with 
film goers, ! newspaper publishers 
and editors, etc. Murphy has been 
doing a similar stint during the last 
three years. 

Rodgers to Coast Sept 15 
On Group Sales Plan 

Metro sales veepee William F. 
Rodgers is slated to leave for the 
Coast Sept. 15 for two weeks of 
huddles with studio execs on his 
projected new group selling plan. 
Following his visit to the studios, 
he’ll attend the National Allied 
convention in Pittsburgh Oct. 2, 
where it 4 is expected that he’ll 
make his first formal announce- 
ment of the plan to exhibitors. 

Plan, designed to eliminate un- 
necessary traveling and expense by 
the field sales force under the old 
si ngl e-picture selling system, pro- 
vides basically for Metro’s exhib 
customers to buy an entire pack- 
age of releases for three to six 
months at one time. Rodgers, con- 
sequently, will confab with studio 
chief Louis B. Mayer, production 
veepee Dore Schary, studio exec 
E. J. Mannix and other Coast top- 
pers to determine whether the pro- 
duction schedule can be maintain- 
ed. Once he is certain that the 
studios will turn out the required 
number of films during a three- 
month period, he can greenlight his 
sales force to begin offering the 
package to exhibs. 

While on the Coast, Rodgers will 
also huddle with Mike Naify, 
Charles P. Skouras and other lead- 
ing exhibs in the west to sound 
them out on the proposed package 
selling. He’ll also, of course, look 
over new product either completed 
or in the process of filming, which 
he usually does on his fall visit to 
Hollywood pyior to his annual 
Florida vacation. 


Cooper’s Teakettle’ 

Hollywood, Sept. 5. 

Gary Cooper signed with 20th- 
Fox for the top role in “The Fly- 
ing Teakettle,” a yarn about U. S. 
Navy Patrol Boats. 

Fred Kohlmar will produce and 
Henry Hathaway will direct, in co- 
operation with the Department of 
Defense: 



Hollywood, Sept. 5. 

Following a lull during Septem- 
ber and October, Paramount will 
break out with a rash of produc- 
tion in November. Sam Briskin, 
who succeeded ' Henry Ginsberg as 
production chief, is rearranging 
the schedule for ... heavy activity 
during the fall and winter. Slated 
for November filming are “You 
Belong to” Me,” “Dear Brat,” “The 
Keystone* Girl,” “Passport to 
Cairo” and “The Stooge.” 

With the completion of “Ace in 
the Hole,” the only active picture 
on the Paramount lot is “Carrie,” 
the William Wilder production 
starring Laurence Olivier and 
Jennifer Jones. 


MAUGHAM ON TV TO 
INTRO HIS STORIES 

Somerset Maugham is scheduled 
for his first live appearance on an 
American television show Oct. ’ 18, 
when he'll appear on the new 
Tintair-sponsored series via GBS- 
TV to introduce one of his short 
stories to be dramatized on the 
program. Packaged by indie 
agent John E. Gibbs and titled 
“Teller of Tales,’’ the series, being 
done from New York, is to be com- 
prised . exclusively of Maugham 
yarns. 

Author, due to arrive in the 
U. S. aboard the Queen Mary Sept. 
27, will introduce the first two pro- 
grams personally 'from the CBS 
studio. His introductory remarks 
for the remainder of the-season are 
to be filmed during his stay in 
this country. Series will take over 
the Wednesday night 9 to 9:30 slot, 
immediately following the “God- 
frey and Friends” program. 

Maugham is slated to attend the 
American preem of his new film, 
“Trio,” and also to take a major 
role in Paramount’s publicity cam- 
paign for the J. Arthur Rank pro- 
duction via press, radio and tele- 
vision interviews. r 

Picture, based on three Maugham 
short stories (similar to his “Quar- 
tet” last year), opens Oct. 10 at 
the Sutton, N. Y. Maugham will 
also be guest of honor at two din- 
ners during his stay in this coun- 
try. One is to be sponsored Oct. 
17 by the National Society of Arts 
and Letters, and the other Oct. 23 
by the J. Pierpont Morgan Library. 


Color, AFM Decisions 



Not until video has reached the 
color stage and the American Fed- 
eration of; Musicians’ ban on the 
use of music tracks has been re- 
moved will Walt Disney go into the 
TV medium, the cartoon producer 
has indicated in answer to new 
pressures to release his old product 
to tele. : Disney asserted that color 
and music are both prime elements 
in his pix and that without them so 
many values are lost he feels he’d 
be hurting himself to allow use of 
his product. 

In any event, producer is un- 
willing to allow his pix on tele at 
the moment because of the exhib 
relations problem it would cause. 
Theatremen have naturally reacted 
Strongly against competition of 
similar product on TV to that which 
they’re buying for their houses. 

If and When, he’s ready to turn to 
tele, Disney has stated, he’ll de- 
velop special characters different 
from those familiar to theatre 
audiences. He has had an experi- 
mental department working on tele 
projects for some time* 


Alas, Poor Yorick 

Hollywood, Sept. 5. 

Irving Allen signed the Ritz 
Bros, for a retur*. to the screen 
in “Hamlet and Three Eggs,” 
travesty on Shakespeare’s Mel- 
ancholy Dane. 

Picture, based on a script by 
Sid Kuller, will be made in 
the new Anscolor process, 
starting about Oct. 15. 


COMPO Plan 

Continued from pace S 


is to speed up the establishment 
of the new all-industry public rela- 
tions organization on a national 
basis by the election of area chair- 
men and committees. 

Meeting with the President is 
slated for 12:30 p,m. Other talks 
will precede and follow it at the 
Statler hotel, with the session 
actually 'going into gear at 10 a.m. 
On hand at the conference with 
the President will be his assistant, 
Dr. John R. Steelman, who has 
been designated as the Govern- 
ment’s liaison with the industry ; 
and Dallas Halyerstadt, film sec- 
tion chief iik Steelman ’s office. 

Not all of the members of the 
Committee on Cooperation can be 
on hand for. the powwow, and 
substitutes have been named in 
a number of cases. 

Attending the session will be 
Marc Wolf, representing Robert J. 
O’Donnell; Gunther Lessing,., act- 
ing for Eliis Arnall; Sherrill Cor- 
win for Samuel Pinanski, and 
Lauritz Garman foe Truqman T. 
Rembusch. Other delegates will 
be H. V. (Rotus) Harvey, Arthur, 
Cecil B. DeMille, Carter Barron, 
A. Julian Brylawski, Abram F. 
Myers, Abel Green, Brandt, Leo 
Brecher and COMPO prez Ned E. 
Depinet. William Holden will rep 
Ronald Reagan, prez of the Screen 
Actors Guild. 

Repping COMPO will be Arthur 
L. Mayer, exec v.p., and Francis 
S. Harmon, v.p. of the Motion 
Picture Assn, of America and 
secretary of the Cooperation Com- 
mittee. 



Continued from page 3 



There’s also an expense in the 
large amount of clerical work in- 
volved in correspondence. 

Invites Plagiarism 

Dangerous feature of the plan 
is the plagiarism suits it invites. 
It is the fear of such actions 
that has led other companies, after 
long and sad experience, t*' refuse 
to read any yarn that does not 
come in from a recognized agent. 
Every story that a studio reads 
opens the way to a plagiarism suit 
for years afterwards if it makes 
a pic with the remotest similarity 
— and sometimes it doesn't even 
require that — to a story to* which 
it has had access. These suits are 
practically never won by the al- 
leged authors, but they are expen- 
sive and troublesome to the studios. 

Warners is attempting to head 
off such potshotting by demanding 
that everyone who submits a yarn 
sign a waiver relieving the studio 
of responsibility on plagiarism 
charges. Such releases have very 
little meaning, except a moral one, 
according to attorneys. They can 
not prevent suits being brought or 
judgments being won if the author 
can prove WB accessibility to the 
material and substantial similari- 
ties in the pic against which the 
charge is made. 


Another Big Snag 

Story editors for major Com- 
panies, . almost desperate in 
their efforts to find new script 
material, point to a recent ca- 
pitulation in the New York 
Times Book Review as one of 
the reasons for* the difficulty 
of their quest. It showed that 
of 59 major fiction efforts slat- 
ed for publication up to next 
Dec. 1, 31 are by foreign au- 
thors and were originally pub- 
lished abroad. In addition, 18 
are anthologies of previously 
printed stories and novels. 

“The conclusion is inescap- 
able,” states the Times, “that 
... more than half of all the 
significant imaginate literar 
ture in the U. S. will be (1) 
warmed over from previous 
years and/or (2) shipped in 
from Europe. Is this a : com- 
pliment to the good taste of 
American publishers or a con- 
fession that native authors are 
being outhit in their own ball 
park” 



Goldfarb Jons RKO 

, Robert Goldfarb; who recently 
exited as United Artists’ office and 
personnel manager, joined RKO 
Pictures; yesterday (Tues. ) in the 
same capacity. 

He partially fills the ..position of 
John Farmer, who resigned last 
week as office and~personnel man- 
ager for RKO, including theatres 
and production-distribution. Thea- 
tre personnel post has not been 
set because of divorcement nego- 
tiations. 



Dollar shortage, which has eased 
in western Europe, is still exert- 
ing a pi^ch on film dollars con- 
verted from local currency in the 
Far East; New crackdown has hit 

the American distribs in the Phil- 
ippines^ where the government is 
now promulgating a decree which 
will reduce convertibility -on film 
coin to 50% of the amount earned 
during the; next 12 months. 

Until late last year, there were 
no restrictions on the amount of 
dollars that filmites Could send 
out Of the islands. Current quota 
of 72% was then fixed to ease the 
drain on hard currency. New 
proviso lops off another 22% . 

Yank distribs regard the Philip- 
pines as one of the most important 
markets in the Fa^ East. U. S. 
pix earn approximately $4,000,000 
yearly from this territory. 

Quota of 72% actually works out 
so that no distrib can send more 
than 5% of a year’s earnings dur- 
ing any one month. * Additional 
restriction bars any one distrib 
from converting more dollars than 
it earned during 1949 if 72% of 
this year’s take should exceed 
total 1949 revenues. 



COMPO’s Quizzer 


Continued from pace S 


-ably afford us the .greatest single 
store of valuable material for pub- 
lic relations use.” He added: 

“If we can establish— as we are 
sure we can — through the answers 
to these questions that a large per- 
centage of exhibitors are members 
of worthwhile organizations, par- 
ticipants in the religious life of 
their communities, active in civic 
affairs and that their theatres are 
community centres, then the in- 
formation supplied — so far from 
being none of our business— is of 
the most vital consequence.’* Thus, 
one question inquires as to the sex 
of each exhib, with Depinet ex- 
plaining that stories on femme the- 
atre operators could be planted in 
women’s magazines. Another, on 
the military service record of ex- 
hibs, could be used for stories in 
American Legion Monthly, etc. 

According to Arthur L. Mayer, 
COMPO exec veepee, approvals 
have been received to date r from 
nine of the 20 board members. 
None has yet voiced an objection, 
with the remainder apparently 
having not had time to answer. 
Motion Picture Assn, of America, 
incidentally, published a theatre 
directory several years ago which 
was compiled by branch managers 
in various territories. This is, now 
considered out of date and, in ad- 
dition, it is nowhere near being 
as comprehensive as the one 
COMPO iii eyeing. COMPO re- 
portedly is aware that exhibs may 
consider the questions to be “pry- 
ing,” but hopes it can convince 
any recalcitrant theatre operators 
of the value to be derived from the 
project. 

According to Depinet, all infor- 
mation obtained will be placed on 
IBM perforated cards to provide 
general listings of the theatres by 
organizations, states, exchange 
areas, etc. If the exec board de- 
cides to publish the information in 
the form of a directory. Depinet 
said, it will cost another $10,000, 
but he predicted half of this could 
be recouped from sales of the 
directories. 


Initial project by the Council of 
Motion Picture Organizations in 
the line of boxoffice promotion 
may be sponsorship of the “Star- 
makers Contest” which Leonard 
Goldenson, United * Paramount 
prexy , has advanced. Following a 
series of meetings of reps of varied 
segments of the industry, at which 
the plan was discussed and refined, 
Goldenson last week officially 
transmitted the proposal to Ned E. 
Jpcpinet, COMPO prez. 

Idea, in essence, would call fo^ 
balloting by the public, through 
their local theatres, for the most 
promising starlet of the year In 
addition to hypoing attendance by 
stirring interest in films in gen* 
eral, plan would have the legiti- 
mate aim of developing new stars. 

While UP execs conceived the 
plan originally and the company 
has spent considerable coin and • 
effort working it out, Goldenson \ 
has turned it over to COMPO as 
the result of a consensus by every- 
one 'who has been informed of it 
that it would make an ideal pro- 
ject for the new all-industry pub- 
lic relations body. 

Depinet is expected to forward 
the plan to the GOMPO Commit- 
tee on boxoffice promotion. This 
group will Undoubtedly bring it up, 
along with a number of other plans 
which have come from various 
sources since COMPO Was con- 
ceived a year ago, at the hext meet- 
irig of the organization's exec 
board. 

Goldenson made his . original 
proposal at a luncheon with the 
tradepress in New York In June. 
He followed it up with further 
exploratory meetings with pub- 
lishers and editors of fan mags, 
and then with distribs and their 
publicity-advertising chiefs. 

After these meetings, a sum- 
mary of the plan was prepared and 
sent for further comment to an 
industry cross-section. When these 
replies came in-Mhey were gener- 
ally favorable and, in many cases, 
highly enthusiastic ^another ses- 
sion of pub-ad chiefs was called to 
discuss these reactions. 

Plan was turned over to a com- 
mittee headed by Metro pub-ad 
topper Howard Dietz. This group 
had a new presentation and format 
prepared by ad agency chief Mon- 
roe Greenthal. As explained by 
Goldenson in his letter to Depinet, 
“This w£s on a purely speculative 
basis because of Greenthal's great 
interest in the plan.” 

Another huddle of top exhibs 
was held by Goldenson in New 
York two Weeks ago at which 
Greenthal made his presentation. 
“There was virtually unanimous 
agreement,” the UP topper said, 
“concerning the valu~ of the plan, 
its benefits to this industry and 
again its ideal suitability as an 
initial project for COMPO.” 

Certain objections expressed by 
the exhibs, Goldenson said, will re- 
sult in corrections in the plan prior 
to Greenthal’s next presentation. 
Exhibs asked that Greenthal make 
that presentation to the COMPO 
exec board. 

At the exhib session were Ed- 
ward L. Hyman. Charles Skouras, 
George Skouras, Harry Kalmlne, 
Sol Schwart?, Si Fabian, Arthur 
Mayer, John Murphy, Paul Levi, 
Harold Rinzler, Gael Sullivan, Wal- 
ter Reade, Jr., Leo Brecher, Max 
Cohen arid Manny Frisch. 



Continued from page 4 


ing • import licenses or coin or 
whatever is . involved among its 
members. This invariably leads 
to disputes and ill-feeling (which 
has proved even more true among 
MPAA niembers than in SIMPP), 
and Arnall opines that that is not 
; the organization’s job. 

SIMPP topper also raises a legal 
point in the voluntary agreements. 
He maintains that not even the 
! MPAA and SIMPP together repre- 
: sent anything like the entire in- 
: dustry, and they therefore should 
I not be in the position of accepting 
deals which non-members must 
i accept perforce. 


Cole Opens Texas Outdoor 
Bonham, Texas. 

H. S. Cole opened t;he Bonham 
Drive-In here, located three miles 
west of town. 



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PICTURE CROSSES 


13 


DC. Climbs; ‘Rose’ Wham $24,000, 
Leader; Tea’ Sock 16G, ‘Own’ 10G, ,2d 


Washington, Sept. 5.. 

Three-day holiday weekend, 
with thousands of government 
workers on a final summer spree, 
is proving a bonanza to midtown 
theatres; ‘‘Black Rose” at Loew's 
Palace and ‘Tea for Two” at the 
Warner, are current boxoffice 
champs, : with latter giving the 
Warner show case its best week 
in many months. “Mystery Street” 
at Loew’s Capitol is better than 
average for *a starless pic, thanks 
to draw of “Going Native,” annual 
local revue, on the stage. 

Estimates for This Week 

Capitol (LoeW’s) (2,434; 44-85) — 
“Mystery Street” (M-G), plus 
“Going Native” revue onstage. 
Firm $23,000, thanks to stageshow. 
Last week, “Stella” (20th) and 
vaude, $15,000. 

. Keith’s (RKO) (1,939; 44-80) — 
•‘Our Very Own” (RKO) (2d wk). 
Fine $10,000 after big $15,000 last 
week. Moves over. 

Palace (Loew’s (2,370; 44-74) -— 
“Black Rose” (20th). Torrid $24,- 
000, to top town. Last week, 
“Broken Arrow” (20th) (2d wk), 
okay $13,000. . 

Playhouse (Lopert) (485; 50-85) 
i — “Panic in Streets” (20th) (4th 
wk). Mild $5,000 after $4,500 last 
wcclc 

Metropolitan (Warner) (1,163; 
44-74)— “Convicted” (Col). Better 
than average $6,500. Last week, 
“711 Ocean Drive” (Col) (m.o.), 
$4,500. 

Warner (WB) (2,164; 44-74) — 
“Tea for Two” (WBh Sock $16,- 
000, best here in months. Last 
week, “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye” 
(WB) neat $13,000. 

Trans-Lux (T-L) (654; 44-80) — 
•‘Destination Moon” (EL) (3d wk). 
Hypoed by holiday to smash $12,- 
000 after big $10,500 last week. 



. DENVER; TAMS’ I4G 

Denver, Sept. 5. 

World preem of “Saddle Tramp” 
is giving that Technicdlored West- 
ern top money, making it the first 
film to holdover at three first- 
runs here. “Fancy; Pants” is packr 
ing the Denham to holdover 
money. “Love That Brute” is 
very dull at Paramount. 

Estimates for This Week 

Aladdin (Fox) (1,400; 35-74) — 
“Saddle Tramp” (U) and “Trial 
Without Jury” (Rep), day-date 
with Tabor, Webber. Big $6,500, 
Holds. Last Week, “Broken -Ar- 
row” (20th) and “Gun Crazy” 
(UA), $6,000. 

Broadway (Wolf berg) ( 1,500 ; 35- 
74)— “Happy Years” (M-G). Fair 
$6,000. Last week, “Stars in My 
Crown” (M-G) (2d wk), $7,000. 

Denham (Cockrill) (1,750; 35-74) 
—“Fancy Pants” (Par). Smash 
$14,000 or over. Last week, “Men” 
(UA) (2d wk), $8,000. 

Denver (Fox) (2,525; 35-74) — 
“Broken Arrow” (20th) and ‘‘Gun 
Crazy” (UA) (2d wk), day-date with 
Esquire. Fair $11,000. Last week, 
big $22*000. 

Esquire (Fox) (742; 35-74) — 
“Broken Arrow” (20th) and “Gun 
Crazy” (UA) (2d wk). . Also Den- 
ver. Fair $2,000. Last week, big 
$5,000. 

Orpheum (RKO) (2,600; 35-74)— 
“Born To Be Bad” (RKO) and 
“Rider from Tuscon” (RKO). Thin 
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‘Stock’ Snags Sock 15G, 
Indpls,; ‘Pants’ $14,000 

Indianapolis, Sept. 5. 

Long weekend is giving film biz 
a nice boost herd this stanza de- 
spite heavy competition from state 
fair, now in full swing. “Summer 
Stock,” at Loew’s, built after a 
rainy opening day to lead town at; 
sock figure. “Fancy Pants,” at In- 
diana* is a strong second. “Sun- 
set Boulevard,” at Circle, also is 
stout. n . • 

Estimates for This Week 

Circle (Gamble-Dolle) (2,800; 44- 
65)— “Sunset Boulevard” (Par) and 
“Golden Twenties” (RKO). Stout 
$12,000. Last week* “Louisa” (U) 
and “Spy Hunt” (U), $11,500. . 

Indiana (G-D) (2,800; 44-65) — 
•‘Fancy Pants” (Par) and “Destina- 
tion Big_House” (Rep). Solid $14,- 
000. Last Week, “Kiss Tomorrow 
Goodbye” (WB) and “Snow Dog” 
(Mono), $8,000. 

Loew’s (Loew’s) (2,427; 44-65)— 
“Summer Stock” (M-G). Sock $15,- 
000. May hold. Last week, “Con- 
victed” (Col) and ‘‘Good Humor 
Man” (Col), $9,500. 

.Lyric (G-D) (1,600; 44-65) — 

“Beau Geste” (Par) and “Lives of 
Bengal Lancer” (Par) (reissues). 
Nice $6,000. Last . week, ‘‘Cariboo 
Trail” (20th) and “Shark Woman” 
(Indie), $5,500. 


Key City Grosses 


Estimated Total Gross 
This Week. . . . $2,780*500 

f Based on 22 cities, 176 the- 
atres, chiefly first runs, include 
ing N. Y.) : • 

Total Gross Same Week 

Last Year . . . .... $3,249,000 

(Based on 23 cities and 208 
theatres.) 



‘ Minneapolis, Sept. 5. 

Plenty potent film line-up this 
week, including “Fancy Pants” 
and “The Black Rose,” is turnstile 
grease. Bob Hope is the local No. 1 
boxoffice ace and “Fancy Pants” 
looks smash at Radio City.. RKO- 
Orpheum’s “Born to Be Bad” also 
is getting attention. “Black Rose” 
shapes fine at State. It's the third 
week downtown for “Sunset 
Boulevard” and “Our Very Own.” 

Estimates for This Week 

Century (Par) (1,600; 50-70) — 
“Sunset Boulevard” (Par) (3d wk). 
Has come through fine, still profit- 
able at $5,000. Last ’week, good 
$ 6 , 000 . 

Radio City (Par) (4,000; 50-70)— 
“Fancy Pants” (Par). Hope’s Come- 
dy is doing okay. Nice $15,000. Last 
week, “Duchess of Idaho” (M-G) 
and Frankie Laine, others,, onstage, 
huge $33,000 at 50-85c scale. 

RKO-Orpheum (RKO) (2,800; 35- 
70)— “Born to Be Bad” (RKO). 
Okay $10,000. Last week, “711 
Ocean Drive” (Col), $10,500. 

RKO-Pan (RKO) (1,800; 35-70)— 
“711 Ocean Drive” (Col) (m.o.). 
Here after Orpheum week. Okay 
$6,000. Last week, “Our Very Own” 
(RKO) (2d wk), satisfactory $5,500. 

State (Par) (2,300; 50-70) .— 
“Black Rose” (20th). Great $13,000. 
Holds. Last week, “The Furies” 
(Par), slow -$5,000. 

World (Mann) (400; 50-85) — 
“Our Very Own” (RKO), (m.o.). 
Third stand and Week for this one 
in lodp. Okay $2,500. Last week, 
“Hidden Room” (EL), $2,000. 

■Rost’ Big $25,000, Hob; 



TANTS’ PERT $12,000, 
OMAHA; ‘BORN’ 0KE 6G 

Omaha; Sept. 5. 

With upped-prices, and influx of 
visitors over weekend, the box- 
office is up noticeably here de- 
spite outdoor opposition. Para- 
mount with “Fancy Pants” led as 
Bob Hope pix usually do here. 
Joel McCrea, Ann Blyth, Joaquin 
Garay, Carol Varga and Rock 
Hudson With stage; appearances 
opening day, gave “Saddle Tramp” 
at the Orpheum a big sendoff on 
Friday* Solid session looms. 
“Born To Be Bad” shapes okay at 
Brandeis. 

Estimates for This Week 

Paramount (Tristates) (2,800; 16- 
65) — “Fancy Pants” (Par). Looks 
fancy $12,000 or near. Last week, 
“Black Rose” (20th), $10,500, and 
m.o. '■ 

Orpheum (Tristates) (3,000; 16- 
65)— ^-“Saddle Tramp” (U) and 
“Operation Hay lift” (Lip). Aided 
by big opening day with five film 
actors on stage, may get solid 
$11,500 or better. Last week, 
“Skipper Surprised Wife” (M-G) 
with Chuck Foster orch onstage, 
not big at $15,000 with 20-80c. 
Scale y - 

Brandeis (RKO) (1,500; 16-65)— 
“Born To Be Bad” (RKO). Okay 
$6,000. Last week, “Our Very 
Own” (RKO) (2d wk), $5,500. 

State (Goldberg) (865; 25-75)— 
“Duchess of Idaho” (M-G) (2d wk). 
Strong $4,500. First week, $6,200; 



‘Stock’ Hep at $32,000 

Boston, Sept. 5. 

With all major houses showing 
strong new product to snare holi- 
day biz, a substantial boxoffice up- 
swing is under way this week. 
“Black Rose” at the Met opened 
very big. “Fancy Pants” at Para- 
mount and Fenway and “Summer 
Stock” at State and Orpheum are 
shaping solid, “In Foreign Legion” 
looks fair at Boston. “Our Very 
Own” in second week at Astor still 
is nice. 

Estimates for This Week 

Astor (Jay cox) (1,200; 50-95) — 
“Our Very Own” (RKO) (2d wk). 
Still up there with neat $16,000 
after nifty $19,000 for first. 

Boston (RKO) (3,200; 40-85) — 
“A. & C. in Foreign Legion” (U) 
and “Timber Fury” (EL). Fair $14,- 
000. Last week, “Destination Moon” 
(EL) and “Beware of Blondie” 
(Col) (2d wk), $11,500. 

Fenway (NET) (1,373; 40-85) — 
“Fancy Pants” (Par) and “Modern 
Marriage” (Mbno). Neat $6,000 for 
this uptown house. Last week, 
“Kiss Tomorrow. Goodbye” (WB) 
and “Snow Dog” (Mono) (2d wk), 
$3,800. 

Memorial (RKO) (3,500; 40-85)— 
“Born To Be Bad” (RKO). Opened 
Sunday (3). Should hit okay $18,- 
000 or over. Last week, “Louisa” 
’(U), $25,000 for 10 days. 

Metropolitan (NET) (4,367; 40-85) 
—“Black Rose” (20th) and “Lonely 
Heart Bandit” (Rep). Big $25,000 
likely. Last week, “Broken Arrow” 
(20th) and “Triple Trouble” (Mono) 
(2d wk), oke $16,500. 

Orpheum (Loew) (3,000; 40-85) — 
“Summer Stock” (M-G). Neat $20*- 
000. Last week, “In Lonely Place” 
(Col) and “Skipper Surprised His 
Wife” (M-G), fair $15,000. 

Paramount (NET) (1,700; 40-85) 
— “Fancy Pants” (Par) and “Mod- 
em Marriage” (Mono). Fancy $16, r 
000. Last week, “Kiss Tomorrow 
Goodbye” (WB) and “Snow Dog” 
(Mono) (2d wk), just under $10,000. 

State (Loew) (3,500; 40-85) — 
“Summer Stock” (M-G); About 
$12,000 looms. Last week, “In A 
Lonely Place” (Col) and “Skipper 


Surprised His 
bad $9,000. 


Wife” (M-G), not 


St. Louis, Bept. 5. 
Cold* rainy weather over .week- 
end and absence of major league 
baseball On Labor Day is boosting 
trade at the big cinemas here this 
session. Neat bally ahead of “Sum- 
mer Stock” is push I n g this to 
smash total at Loew’s for best 
gross at house in several months. 
“Black Rose” also looms big at the 
St Louis while “Fancy Pants” 
shapes nice at the huge Fox. Combo 
of “Broken Arrow” and “Louisa’’ 
is fine at the Missouri. 

Estimates for This Week 
Fox (F&M) (5,000; 60-75)— “Sad- 
dle Tramp” (U) and “County Fair” 
(Mono). Opened todaj) (Tues.). Last 
week, “Fancy Pants” (Par) and 
“Woman f r o m Headquarters” 
(Rep), nice $18,000. 

Loew’s (Loew) (3,172; 50-75) — 
“Summer Stock” (M-G). Great 
$21,000. Last week,; “Rogues Sher- 
wood Forest” (Col) and “Federal 
Agent” (Rep), $14,500. 

.Missouri (F&M) (3,500; 60-75)— 
“Fancy Pants” (Pair) (m.o;) and 
“Louisa” (U) (2d wk). Opened to- 
day (Tues.) Last week, “Broken Ar- 
row” (20th) and “Louisa” (U), fine 
$14,0*00. 

St. Louis (F&M) (4,000; 60-75)— 
“Black Rose” (20th) and “Rock Is- 
land Trail” (Rep). Big $16,000. Last 
week, “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye” 
(WB) and “Great Jewel Robber” 
(WB), $15,000. 

' Shubert (Ind) (1,500; 60-75) — 
“Sunset Boulevard” (Par) (m o.). 
Socko $8,000. Last week, “Treas- 
ure Island” (RKO) (3d wk), $5,000. 

‘Pants’ Trim $13,000, 
L’ville; ‘Stock’ Stout 
12G, ‘Tea’ Robust 7?G 

r Louisville, Sept. 5. 
Trade* at the first-runs is lively 
this week. Labor Day holiday looks 
like the turning point, after a 
summer of slow biz. “Tea For 
Two”; looks healthy at the Mary 
Andefson, “Fancy Pants'’ is nice 
at the Rialto and “Summer Stock” 
at the State looms fine. The drive- 
ins, which have a long season in 
this climate, may stay open until 
November. : 

Estimates for This Week 
Mary Andersson (People’s) (1,- 
000; 45-65)— “Tea For Two” (WB ). 
Healthy $7,500. Last week, “Quick- 
sand” (UA), modest $4,000. ^ 
Rialto (Fourth Avenue) (3,000; 
45-65)— “Fancy Pants” (Par).. Bob 
Hope pulling ’em in briskly with 
nice $13,000 in view. Last week, 
“A. .& C. in Foreign Legion” (U) 
and “Spy Hunt” (U), satisfactory 
$ 10 , 000 . 

State (Loew’s) (3,000; 45-65)— 
“Summer Stock” (M-G). Looking 
for strong getaway, with fine $12,- 
000 possible. Last week “Con- 
victed” (Col) and “Good Humor 
Man” (Col), mild $9,000. 

StraM (FA) (1,200; 45-65)— 

“Furies” (Par). Catching nice play 
on single pic, with newly instituted 
policy of vocalist and electric 
organ on stage, four shows daily, 
helping. Renee at the Hammond, 
and Dwight Gordon, disk jockey 
and vocalist. Satisfactory $4,500. 
Last week, “Trigger, Jr.” (Rep) and 
“Avengers” (Rep), $4,000. 



; ‘Rosie’ Best Bet, Giant 

, ‘Own Fat 





Estimated Total Gross 
This Week .... ..$762,600 
( Based on 18 theatres . ) 
Last Year. ..... $795,200 
XBas^d on lft theatres . ) 



Kansas City, Sept. 5. 

Holiday and continued favorable 
weather plus big pix will boost 
grosses at most houses this week. 
Fox-Midwest trio is certain to hold 
‘‘The Black Rose” another stanza 
after smash $22,000 opener. Mid- 
land’s “Summer Stock” is big. 
“Born to Be Bad” looms strong at 
ih& Missouri. 

Estimates for This Week 

Kimo (Dickinson) (550; 50-75)^— 
“Man About Town” (Indie) and 
“Golden Twenties” (Indie) (2d 
wkh Strong $2,000 after last 
week’s excellent $2,500. 

Midland (Loew's) (3,500; 45-65) 
—“Summer Stock” (M-G). Roll- 
ing up big $20,000, Last week, 
“Convicted” (Col) and “Good 
Humor Man” (Col); average 
$ 12 , 000 . 

Missouri (RKO): (2,650; 45-65)— 
“Born to Be Bad” (RKO) and “Fed- 
eral Man” (EL). .Strong $1 1 ,000. 
Last week, “Our 'Very Own” 
(RKO) and “Destination Murder” 
(RKO) (2d Wk), $9,000. 

Paramount (United Par) (1,900; 
45-65)— “Sunset Boulevard” (Par) 
(2d wk). Nice holdover with 
$8,000. Last week, smash $15,006. 

Tower - Uptown - Fairway (F o x 
Midwest) (2,100; 2,643; 700; 45-65) 
—“Black Rose” (20th). Sockeroo 
$22,000 and sure holdover. Last 
week, “Stella” (20th), $15,000. 

‘Life of Own’ Fast 23G, 
Frisco; ‘Rose’ Boff 34G, 
Hope Powerful $21,000 

San Francisco, Sept. 5. 

City is magnet for tourists cur- 
rently what with week-long Cen- 
tennial Celebration and lengthy 
holiday weekend. Influx of visitors 
is being reflected all down the 
line at first-runs. “Black Rose” is 
pacing the street with boffo ses- 
sion at the huge Fox. Playing one 
of its initial dates, “Life of Her 
Own” looms socko at the Warfield 
while “Fancy Pants” looks smash 
at Paramount. “Louisa” shapes 
terrific at the small United Artists. 
“Sunset Boulevard” is holding in 
strong style at the St. Francis. 

Estimates for This Week 

Golden Gate (RKO) (2,850; 60- 
j 85)— “Our Very Own” (RKO) (2d 
Wk). Held okay at $12,000. Last 
week, fine $15,600. 

Fox (FWC) (4,651; 60-95) — 

“Black Rose” (20th). Boff $34,000, 
topping whole town. Last week, 
“Broken Arrow” (20th) (2d wk), 
6 days, $14,000. 

Warfield (Loew’s) (2,647; 60-85) 
—“Life Of Her Own” (M-G). Sock 
$23,000. Last week, “Duchess Of 
Idaho” (M-G) (2d wk), nice $14,000. 

Paramount (Par) (2,646; 66-851 
— -“Fancy Pants”. (Par) and “Hi- 
Jacked” (Lip). Smash $21,000 for 
Bob Hope comedy. Last week, 
“Pretty Baby” (WB) and “Open 
Secret'’ (EL), $14,000. 

St. Francis (Par) (1,400; 60-85)— 
“Sunset Boulevard” (Par) (2d wk). 
Held to huge $15,000. Last week, 
sock $17,000. 

Orpheum (No. Coast) (2,472; 55- 
85) — “Desert Hawk” (U) and 
“Chain Gang” (Col). Nice $14,000 
or over. Last week. “711 Ocean 
DriVe” (Col) and “When You’re 
Smiling” (Col) (2d wk), $14,500. 

United Artists (No. Coast) (1,218; 
55-85)— “Louisa” (U). WOw $12,500. 
Last week, “If This Be Sin” (UA), 
$7,500. 

Sf agedoor (Ackerman - Rosener) 
(370; 85-1) — “The Beachcomber” 
(Indie) and “Anna Karenina” 
(20th) (reissues). Only $2,400. Last 
week, “RUn For Money” (EL). 
$2,500. 

Clay (Rosener) (400; 65-85) — 
“Kind Hearts, Coronets” (EL) 
(m.o.) (10th wk). Held at $2,300. 
Last week, nice $2,700. 


Los Angeles, Sept. 5. 

Spotty holiday biz is being re* 
corded this week by first-runs here. 
“Black Rose” will top the list of 
six new bills with smash $66,000 
likely in five theatres. “Tea for 
Two” also is registering : strongly 
with around $59,000 in three 
houses, 

“Our Very Own” looks fine $24,- 
000 in two spots for first three 
days. “Petty Girl” shapes disap- 
pointing with slow $21,000 or less 
in two Sites. “Louisa” is not so 
good at $25,000 for five locations* 
“Convicted” with “Fighting Red- 
head” looks mild $18,000 or near 
for two spots. 

“Sunset Boulevard” is pacing the 
•holdovers at $37,000 for second 
frame, two houses. 

Estimates for This Week 

Los Angeles, Chinese, Uptown, 
Loyola, Wilshire (FWC) (2.097, 2,- 
048; 1,719; 1,248; 2.296; 60-$l)-r- 
“Black Rose” (20th). Great v3B,000 
Or near. Last week, “Broken Ar- 
row” (20th) (2d wk), fine $30,000. 

Hollywood, Downtown, Wiltem 

(WB) (2,756; 1,757; 2,344; 60-$l)--- 
“Tea for Two” (WB). Very good 
$59,000. , Last week-,— Kiss-Tomor- 
row Goodbye” (WB) (2d wk), okay 
$21,700. 

Loew’s State, Egyptian (UA) (2,- 
404; 1,538; 60-$l — “Petty Girl” 
(Col). Very slow $21,000 or less. 
Last week, “Summer Stock” (M-G) 
(3d wk ), fine $19,700 on the finale. 

Hillstreet. Pa ntage s (RKO) 
(2,890; 2*812; 50; $1)— “Our Very 
Own” (RKO). Rousing $24,000 
looms for first 3 days; Last week, 
“In Lonely Place” (Col) and 
“When Smiling” (Col), fine $41.- 
500 for 11 days. 

Los Angeles. Hollywood Para- 
mounts (F&M) (3,398; 1,451; 40-$l) 
— .“Sunset Boulevard” (Par) (2d 
wk). Big $37,000. Last week, very 
strong $48,600, but below hopes, 
with smaller Hollywood leading. 

Orpheum. Hawaii (Metropolitan) 
(2,210; 1,106; 50-$ D— “Convicted” 
(Col) and “Fighting Redhead” 
(EL). Slow $18,000 or better. Last 
week, Orpheum, “It’s Small 
World” (EL) (2d run) and Count 
Basie orch, Sugar Chile Robinson 
onstage. Hefty $17,100. 

United Artists, Ritz, Vogue, Stu- 
dio City, Culver (UA-FWC) (2,100; 
1,370; 885; 880; 1,145; 60-$l) — 
“Louisa” . (U) and “Timber Fury” 
(EL). Mild $25,000 or near. Last 
week, “Savage Horde” (Rep) and 
“County Fair” (Mono), mighty dull 
$10,500. 

Four Star (UA) (900; 60-$l) — 
“Since Went Away” (SRO) and 
I’ll Be Seeing You” (SRO) (reis- 
sues) (2d wk). Under $2,000. Last 
week, weak $2,000. 

Fine Arts (FWC) (679; 60-$l) — 
“Beware of Pity” (Indie) (2d wk). 
Sour $1,000; Last week, with Guild 
(968), anemic $2,200. 


‘Rose’ Terrif $17,000 In 
Pitt; ‘Stock’ Hangup 21G, 

’ Great at 13?G 



Pittsburgh, Sept. 5, 

“Black Rose” at the Harris and 
“Summer Stock” at the Penn are 
way ahead of the field this holiday 
week. “Rose” shapes smash while 
“Stock” also is big at the larger 
Penn. “Broken Arrow” also looms 
great at Fulton. In contrast, “Tea 
For Two” is somewhat disappoint- 
ing at Stanley* 

Estimates for This Week 

Fulton (Shea) (1,700; 45-80) — 
“Broken Arrow” (20th). Great $13,- 
500. Last week, “Our Very Own” 
(RKO) (3d wk), big $7,000. 

Harris (Harris) (2,2Q0; 45-80) — 
“Black Rose” (20th). Got away to 
terrific start and should hit sock 
$17,000 or over. Holds. Last week, 
“Desert Hawk” (U), surprisingly 
good $11,500. 

Penn (Loew’s) (3,300; 45-80) — 
“Summer Stock” (M-G).. Another 
that teed off fast. With Judy Gar- 
land and Gene Kelly on marquee 
ought to hit big $21,000.. Holding 
over. Last week, “Sunset Blvd.” 
(Par) (2d wk), fancy .$12,000, and 
moved to Ritz for continued down- 
town run, 

Stanley (WB) (3.800; 45-80) 
“Tea for Two” (WB). Got some 
heavy exploitation but a bit dis- 
appointing at $15,000 or less. Last 
week, “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye” 
(WB) so-so $12,500. 

Warner (WB) (2,000; 45-80) — 
“Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye” (WB) 
(m.o.). NSH with $5,000. Last 
week, “San Quentin” (WB) and 
“Alcatraz Island” (WB) (reissues), 
okay $7,500. 


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Zurich, Aug. 29. + 

SchauspielhaUs Zurich’s 1950-51 
schedule, due to open Sept. 7 with 
a revival of Shakespeare’s "Mer- 
chant of Venice” looks like one of 
the most ambitious in recent years. 

It includes the first German per- 
formances of T. S. Eliot’s "Cock- 
tail Party” (skedded* for October), 
Eugene O’Neill’s “The Iceman 
Cometh.” Thornton Wilder's "Em- 
porium,” "The Silver Flute,” Mar- 
cel Ayme’s Paris comedy hit of the 
past season “Clerambard,” and Al- 
bert Camus’ "The just Ones,” last 
being set for Sept. 14. ) 

’ Also slated for this season are 
some four or five world preems, 
including a posthumous drama by 
Gerhart Hauptmann, "Herbert Eri- 
gelmann,” adapted by Carl Zuck- 
rnayer; a new Bert Brecht play, 
"Caucasian Chalk Circle”; two 
wortys by Swiss authors. Max 
Frisch (‘‘Count Oederland”) , and. 
Friedrich Duerrenmatt ("Marriage 
of Mr. Mississippi”). Finally there 
is a comedy-drama by German 
playwright Hermann Kesser, "The 
Last Day.” Negotiations for the lat- 
ter are still underway. 

Following the opening show and 
Camus’ "The Just Ones,” Schau- 
spielhaus will have guest perform- 
ances of Albert and Else Basser- 
marin in Henrik Ibsen’s “Props of 
Society.” 

Remainder of the legit schedule 
includes some classics by Shakes- 
peare, Aeschylus, Calderon, Schil- 
ler and Kleist, as well as modern 
plays by Sardou, W edekind ; Girau- 
dOux and Shaw’s "Man and Super- 
man,”. which hasn’t been given 
here for years. 


Sydney, Aug, 29. 

Roy Darling, in chargd of the 
Tatler theatre here, Was sent to 
jail for 12 months for failing to pay 
the income tax department instal- 
ments deducted from employees’ 
wages. Darling told the Court that 
he had taken over the Tatler, a 
950-seater, . as a film house but 
found it a losing proposition. He 
then Went into stage shows. 

He was alleged to: have financed 
the show with mone^ due to the 
taxation department. Darling said 
he borrowed money on his auto 
and got coin . from other parties, 
bdt lost everything in the Tatler 
venture . ^Darling, stated he next 
went; into a vaude-revUe policy and 
claimed he would have made out 
Okay if the tax people had heft; him 
alone. •. 



Vienna, AUg. 26. 

Simultaneously with the custom- 
ary film festivals in Salzburg, 
MPEA has started a threefold pub- 
licity campaign throughout the 
country. More than 2,000 answers 
already are in on star quiz. Prizes 
are free passes to the newest pix, 
The contest for a bathing queen 
tied to : "Neptune’s Daughter,” and 
a jazzband competition, (they must 
play hits from the latest American 
musicals) seem to have repaid the 
extra effort. 

Another stunt was to jnvite all 
Austrian comedians for the preem 
of "The Inspector General" ( WB ) 
in Salzburg as MPEA guests in the 
festival town. Idea is to "teach 
Danny Kaye’s technique.” Among 
the Other films, shown recently in 
Salzburg are Metro’s "The Wizard 
of Oz,” "That Forsyte Saga,” "Ni- 
notchka ” Par’s "The Heiress,” "The 
Paleface,” "For Whom Bell Tolls,” 
20th Fox’s "That Lady in Ermine,” 
"Willie Comes Marching Home,” 
and Warner’s "Adventures of Don 
Juan.” 



London, Aug. 29. 

Hallmark Films definitely doing 
"Castle in the Air,” Stanley 
French-Jack Buchanan comedy by 
Alan Melville, which just termi- 
nated long run at Savoy. Pic goes 
on floor, at Walton studios, Oct. 9, 
with David Niven in the Buchanan 
role, Googie Withers in the Corol 
Browne role, and Eve Arden do- 
ing the Irene Manning role. Paddy 
Carstairs will direct . . . "Worms 
Eye View” ori the floor at River- 
side Studios Oct. 9. Film Will be 
produced by Byron Productions^ 
with Jack Raymond directing and 
Ronnie Shiner as star in his origi- 
nal role . ... . Charles K. Feldman 
was the backer of Gregory Ratoff 
for the film rights of T. S. Eliot’s 
"The Cocktail Party” which the 
author refuses to sell. 

Coronado Productions’ "Full 
Circle,” for Which David E. Rose 
has brought over with Ray Milland 
in star role, has been renamed 
"White Heather.” Pic is costarring 
Patricia Roc, Marius Goring and 
Hugh Sinclair, with cast now on 
location at Plymouth, England. 


Mex Crovt. Bank Active 

. Mexico City, Aug. 29. 

Pic trade received nice midsum- 
mer bank coin hypoing. Its own 
bank, the semi-official Banco Na- 
tional Cinematografico, reported in 
Its Juiy 31 balance sheet loans, 
credits and discounts totaling $1,- 
453,862.49, 




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San Remo, Aug, 29. 

Stanley Kramer; indie producer, 
was winner of the One World 
Award for his "realistic and coura- 
geous. approach”; to films at the 
concluding session of the One 
World conference in this Italian 
city on -Monday (28). Ac- 
tual presentation of award Will be 
made in Hollywood sometime in 
October, with secondary prizes for 
producers Anson Bond and Louis 
de Rochemorit. Two of Kramer’s 
films, "The Men” and "Home of 
the Brave,” were screened and dis- 
cussed during the: three-day. con- 
ference. The award was made in 
recognition of his attitude toward 
pix and how they can be used in 
the World today rather than as a 
prize for any specific picture. 

De Rochempnt’s award was for 
his "Earth and Its People,” shown 
at the conference, and Bond’s for 
"The Vicious Years;” Also screen- 
ed were "The Heir.ess,” “Lost Boun- 
daries,” "Way to Peace” (indie doc- 
umentary), and "The Last Stop” 
(Polish). 

Cpnference affairs included the 
planning pf a One World film pn 
the style of "The Search,” with 
production scheduled to start early 
in 1951. John Huston cabled a 
tentative acceptance, based on stu- 
dio commitments, to direct the pic- 
ture, while Dore Schary, William 
Wilder and Anson Bond are said to 
be interested in furthering the 
production. 

The conference, attended by 120 
representatives of 12 nations (all 
this side of the iron curtain), has 
as its main purpose the preserva- 
tion of peace within the framework 
of Wendell Willkie’s "One World” 
idea. Hal Wallis heads the motion 
picture section; 


ir Not for Pix 


London, Aug. 29. 

Gregory Ratoff was anxious to 
obtain the film rights of "The Cock- 
tail Party” for a Hollywood film 
company. 

He approached T; 3- Eliot, the 
author, who didn’t even want to 
discuss the project With him, in- 
sisting that he does hot want the 
play filmed Under any circum- 
stances. 



Mexico City, Aug. 29. . 

Indicating keener competition for 
Hollywood by Mexican pix is shown 
by the fact that of the 10 top cur- 
rent boxoffice pix, five are Mexi- 
can . and that : the top topper is a 
Mexican-made film; Champ is 
"Slums,” which in 28 days at the 
Cihe Opera hit a new high fpr re- 
cent months with $55;253 gross. 
Runnerup is Metro ’s ‘ ‘ Little Wom- 
en,” grossing $39,764 in 21 days at 
the Cine Roble. 

Strong third in this lineup is the 
Mexican, “Orange . Blossoms for 
Your Wedding” at the Cine Metro- 
politan with $27,850 total in 21 
days. 20th-Fox’S: " by 

Dozen,” in 14 days at the Cine 
Alameda, did $23,185, tq nose out 
the Mexican; "I Want to Be a Man;” 
Which ran 26 days at the Cine 
Mariscala, grossing $23,074. 

Other strong ones current are 
RKO’s "Man pit Eifel Tower” at 
the. Cine Alameda; "Faceless Man” 
(Mexican), at the Cine Chapulte- 
pec; "Door,. Young Man” (Mexican), 
at the Cine Orfeon; and Columbia’s 
"All King’s Men,” at the Cine 
Roble. 


Arg. Shows Great Yen 
For Screen Comedies; 
One Grosses $152,810 

Buenos Aires; Aug. 29. 

If grosses are any criterion, the 
Argentine film public is a glutton 
for comedy. All the , more recent 
Argentine-made hits have been in 
the comedy vein and have made 
terrific grosses,: higher than any 
marked up by U S; material when 
top yank material was available. 
Ace grosser to date is “Avivato” 
(Interamericana) With comedian 
Pepe Iglesias, Which rah for 25 
Weeks, With $152,810 gross. 

It is possible that another, inter- 
americana pic, "El Embajador,” 
starring. Argentina comedian Luis 
| Sandrini, will surpass the "Avivato” 
record, as it has already run seven 
weeks at the Ambassador. 

On the other hand, the recent 
j United Artists "Outpost in Moroc- 
co” ran three weeks at the Opera, 
doing $20,830 in two weeks. "Africa 
Screams” at the Metropolitan ran 
two weeks with $9,000 in the first 
week. 


Mexico Film Industry 
Alarmed at TV Threat 

Mexico City, Aug. 29. 

Film people, mostly exhibitors, 
were - near-paniced by the ahyent 
of regular commercial television in 
Mexico, Suspending the emergency 
meetings called by Andres Serra 
Rpjas', prexy of the film trade’s 
own bank, Banco National Cinema- 
tografico, top coin supplyer for the 
biz, to take precautionary action, 
it was decided to put their case up 
to the recentljfcorgahized national 
, council of cinematographic arts. 

Council, composed of most top 
government officials and reps of 
the pic trade, was formed by orders 
of President Miguel Aleman for 
the announced purpose of improv- 
ing Mexican pix * by upping their 
quality., 

G-B NEWSREEL QUITS AUSSIE 

Sydney, Aug. 29. 

After nearly 20 years, the Gau- 
mont-British newsreel is quitting 
the Aussie zone. Reel formerly 
Was handled here by the Gaumont- 
' British division of 20tfi-Fox, swing- 
ing over earlier this year to British 
Empire Films, which also has the 
locally-produced Cinesound Re- 
view. 


‘Marie Therese’ Set for U. S. 

Simpex Co., Inc., distributor of 
religious films, has acquired cer- 
tain western hemisphere distribu- 
tion rights to the French-made 
"Marie Therese,” from Atlantic 
Film of Paris, 

Picture stars Irene Corday, who 
! portrays the Saint of Lisieux. 


(Figures show weeks of run): 

London, Sept. 5. 
"Ace of Clubs,” Cambridge (9). 
"Brigadoon,” Majesty’s. (71). ■ 

"Capt. Carvallo,” St. Jas. (4). 
."Carousel,” Drury Lane (13). 
"Cocktail Party,” New (18). 
"Dish Ran Away,” Vaude (10). 
"Folies Bergere,” Hipp. (48). 
"Golden City,” Adelphi (12). 
"Got What Wanted,” Ph’nix (3). 
"His Excellency,” Princess (15). 
"Holly and Ivy,” Duchess (17). 
"Home at Seven,” Wyndh’m (26). 
"Ice-Capades,” Empress (15). 
"King Rhapsody,” Palace (50). 
"Knight’s Madn’ss,” Vic. Pal.(25). 
"Latin Quarter,” Casino (25). 
"Little Hut,” Lyric (2). 

"Mister Roberts,” Coliseum (7), 
"Oklahoma,” Stoll (170). 

"Ring Around Moon,” Gl’bg (32). 
"Seagulls Sorrento,” Apollp (12). 
"2d Tanqueray,” Haymarket (1). 
"Touch & Go,” Wales (15). 
"Traveller's Joy,” Criterion (117), 
"Worm’s View.” Comedy (176), 

CLOSED LAST WEEK 
"Eliz. Slept Here,” Strand (44). 
"Love or Money,” Ambass. (1). 





In Red; Company to Fold 


London, AUg, 29. 

Carnegie Films, the recently 
formed company, headed by the 
Earl of. SoUthesk, chairman (Derek. 
Tinker and Irene Saville, directors), 
whose first film, "Dangerous Meet- 
ing,” had to halt production due to 
lack of finance, is in the red by 
about $160,000, it was revealed at 
a meeting held by the promoters 
on Aug. 24. 

Shortage is accounted for by 
$28,000 owed to Michael Redgrave, 
$12,600 to Anouk, stars of the film; 
$12,600 to Harry Reynolds, the pro- 
ducer; $8,400 to Terence Fisher, 
the director, and $11,000 to French 
film technicians. 

Assets of the company, both 
here and in France; are around i 
$8,000. Meeting decided to dis- 
solve the company. 



Milan, Aug. 29, 

One by one the theatres of Milan 
are reopening after the summer 
recess. The company of Marcello 
Giorda and Guilio Donadio that 
presented a series of thrillers at 
the Odeon moved to the Olympia 
on the other side of the town with 
"Terr of,” their latest success. 

Near the lend of August, the 
Odeon got the revue company star- 
ring Nino Taranto who is present- 
ing a last year’s, boxoffice success, 
"Come To the Stage.” Authors 
Nelli and Mangini have revised it: 

Gigetto Cimara and his company 
have opened at the Nuovo Theatre 
with the Italian translation Of the 
French comedy, "The Sons and' a 
Daughter” by Roger Ferdinand. 
It is doing well. The Nuto Navar- 
rini company has been doing the 
revue, "Scandal,” at the Mediola- 
num theatre for the last four 
months. They fought the heat by 
remodelling, the revue every fort- 
night. / 

The Dalverme theatre reopened 
about a month - ago with a local 
revue, "Addio, Vecchia Periferia,” 
by Bfacchi, starring Pina Renzi, 
Mario, Car ote nuto ; Ermanno Rover! , 
Austria’s Jenny D’Astrea and Eng- j 
lish tap dancers Mary and Johnny 
Hay. A big success from the Start, 
there is every prospect that the 
show will continue well into the 
autumn. 

Another hit Was scored by the 
revue in Milanese dialect .by Silva 
Terzoli. It stars Fausto Tominei 
and Clelia Fiamma, playing at the 
Teatro Alcipne. The company 
headed by film star Nino Besozzi 
is continuing at the Excelsior with 
a repertory of old and new French 
and Italian farces. 

Of the 80 cinemas open at pres- j 
'.exit at least 70 are showing Ameri- 
can pix; the others use Italian and 
French year-old pictures. The 
presentation of important U. S. 
films in the 16 first-runs will not 
start until the middle of October. 


Buenos Aires, Aug. 29. 

Record buying of both pop and 
classical tune disks has been on the 
upbeat in Argentina. Hypo in disk 
sales is attributed to an increase 
in the Argentine population and 
also to the additional coin in cir- 
culation as a result of the Peron 
regime’s boosting of wages for la- 
borers, The request for platters 
has been so great Jthat diskeries 
are finding themselves unable to 
meet the demand, and have had to 
ration allotments to dealers. Scar- 
city of records is believed to be 
duq largely to import restrictions. 
In line with this shortage of mate- 
rial, some factories here have had 
to transfer orders from other coun- 
tries to their Chilean branches for 
pressing. 

RCA and Industrias EleCtricas 
Odeon, local branch of the British 
E. Mvl , both have their own plants 
in Argentina for the manufacture 
ofi radios and radio-phonograph 
combos; with their cheapest sets 
now selling for around $90, It’s 
impossible to estimate how many 
record machines are in Argentina 
at present, because there are too 
many small assembling plants and: 
individual set makers, who are able 
to undercut the prices of reliable: 
brand manufacturers. The census 
taken by the Person government in 
19447 was expected to show the 
total number . of sets in operation* 
but none of the statistics has been 
revealed. 

At present the platter companies 
are facing the problem of whether 
or not to convert to 33 1/3 br 45 
rpms. Manufacture of these would 
involve radical alterations in their 
present recording processes, and; 
moreover, imports - of vinylite 
would further the difficulty of con- 
version. 

An immediate change to the 
slower speeds doesn’t appear : too 
likely. Except for a few people 
from the U> S., who have brought 
their own long players here, the 
general Argentine public is un- 
aware of this latest development in 
the manufacture of disks. 


Mexico City, Aug. 29. 

Legit theatre here is giving in- 
dications of coming back with the 
definite click of the tragedy, “To 
Know How to Die” at the Teatro 
Ideal. Play, written in Paris by 
Wilberto Canton, was liked by the 
crix, 

Production has several unusual 
features, Miguel Aleman, Jr., son 
of President Miguel Aleman, com- 
posed the musical background. 
He is ovationed with the cast and 
author at every show. Cast is 
headed by such screen-stage top- 
pers as Isabela Corona, Rodolfo 
Landa, Miguel Angel Ferrlz and 
Pituka de Foronda. 

Plot is the story of a disgruntled 
man, who murders his mistress to 
free her of the worldly struggle. 


Mono Gets OK to Ship 
Its Product to Japan 

Tokyo, Aug. 29. 

License to import feature films 
to Japan has been granted by oc- 
cupation headquarters to Mono- 
gram Pictures. It has concluded 
a deal with the SHochiku Theatri- 
cal Co. for screening its product 
at Shochiku theatres in principal 
Nipponese cities. First pic will be 
“Babe Ruth Story,” probably in 
October, 

Deal was pacted by Monogram 
International president Norton V. 
Ritchey, now in Tokyo. Two other 
pix, “Song of My Heart” and "Kid- 
napped,” have been okayed. 

Monogram license was made 
possible by the recently modified 
SCAP regulation on film imports 
which abolishes the requirements 
that the entire American film in- 
dustry operate in Japan through a 
“single unit,” which meant the Mo- 
tion Picture Export Assn. Other 
non-MPEA members who have ob- 
tained Jap import licenses under 
the new arrangement are Sam 
Goldwyn and Walt Disney. 


Tanqueray’ Revival In 
London Set for Long-Run 

London, Aug. 30. 

H. M. Tennerit, Ltd., presented a ; 
revival of Sir Arthur Pinero’s “The 
Second Tanqueray” at the Hay- 
market, Aug. 29, making the play’s 
sixth production in the West End. 
Leslie Banks and Eileen Herlie co- 
Star, with latter winning eulogistic 
praise in the role created by Mrs; 
Patrick Campbell in 1893. 

The story of l womAn with a 
past, who is unable to live down 
her qualms' about becoming respec- 
table, is still moving, if outdated. 
However, the period, dress makes 
a brilliant contribution and perfect 
vehicle for Miss Herlie. 

Leslie Banks scores in the 
less dramatic characterization and 
Ronald Ward is outstanding as a 
sympathetic friend. Colorful set- 
tings by Cecil Beaton and impec- 
cable direction by Murray Mac- 
donal enhance the show. Likely 
set for prolonged run. 


Pic on Richard Tauber^ Life 

Vienna, Aug. 29. 

Max Tauber, cousin and many 
years manager of the late tenor 
Richard Tauber, revealed he has 
financial backing of a German- 
British company to shoot a life 
1 story of the singer. 


16 


PICTURES 


PfiniEfr 


Wednesday, September 6, 1950 


H’wood’s Production Optimism 


atus, and “nobody ever has 
layoffs in the same year.” 

As of this morning (5), 36 pic- 
tures were before the cameras at 
studios around town or on location 
scattered around the world. Ad- 
mittedly,' the figure is below the 
40 that were shooting right after 
Labor Day last year, and even a 


Continued from page 3 
two 


ly readying films is about the same 
as it usually is at this time of year 
when the milder winds of autumn 
drive away summer lassitude 
enough to prompt a man to an- 
nounce a picture-. How many will 
be completed is, of course, another 
question. That, too, when the year- 
end check is made, probably will 


Index to ‘Variety Film Reviews— 1 


(From Jan, 1 to Aug, 23, 1950) 

PICTURE AND DISTRIB. STARS 

Abbott and Costello in Foreign Legion (U) pnl^O-Brlen Wanda°I 

Admiral Was a Lady (UA) Edmond OBrlen-Wanda l 

Angel with the Trumpet (British Lion) Eileen 

Annie Get Your Gun (Metro) * • Retty 

Arizona Cowboy (Rep) R®* i 

Armored Car Robbery (RKO) 

Asphalt Jungle (Metro) rl: u 



ISSUE 

REVIEWED 


Hutton-Howard 


few below what has been lensmgjf a u within the “average” classifi- 


. ! 7 ! !'!!'!!!!!!!!!!••••••••< John Carroll-Adele Mara 

r • TttTo r\ L> a a 


in recent weeks. But pre-produc 
tion activity has been accelerated 
and the indications are that as the 
winter season' sets in the produc- 
tion figure will remain steadily 
right around the 40-each-week-fig- 
ure. v 

Metro Activity 

Most of the activity in Holly- ’ 
wood is centered around Metro, as 
it has for the last month or so. \ 
The studio currently has eight pic 
tures in work and another four j 
will get underway within the next i 
month. Two of the eight now Tens- 
ing are being shot abroad, “Quo 
Vadis” in Italy and “Calling Bull- 
dog Drummond” in England, but 
the other six are strictly local 


cation— that is, about 10% of the 
announced independent pictures 
actually materialize. 

Meantime, these non-productive 
producers tajce life easy — which is 
better, than doing nothing. 




• • • * • 




Vincent Price-Ellen Drew. 
Ruth Roman-Dane Clark. . 
.Robert Hutton-Ruth Warri 


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Moscow Talks 

Continued from page 3 

of attempting to do business with 
Russia. 

Companies have recently been 
attacked by columnist Ward Marsh 
in the Cleveland Plain Dealer and 


Johnson . 


Avengers (Rep). 

Backfire .WB) 

Baron of Arizona (Lippert) 

Barricade (WB) . . 

Beauty on Parade (Col). 

Belle of Old Mexico (Rep) S S 6 nSpvan«s 

Beware of Blondie (Col) .Penny Singleton- Arthur 

Beyond the Purple Hills (Col) moT/TnV va’n ’ 

Big Lift (20th) ......... * • • • Montgomery Clift-Paui ^u 6 ia S . 

Black Hand (Metro) .'Gene Kelly ......... ... 

Black Rose, The (20th).... Tyrone Power-Orson Welles^... 

Blonde Bandit (Rep) . Dorothy Patnck-Robert Rockwel 

Blonde Dynamite (Mono) Leo Gorcey-. , . • • • 

Blue Grass of Kentucky (Mono) Bill Williams-Jane Nigh 

Blue Lamp (British) (GFD) * • • .Jack Warner. ... ... •.••••• • • • • 

Bomba on Panther Island (Mono) . Johnny Sheffield- Allene Roberts 

Borderline (U) .... .......... . . . Fred MacMurray-Claire Trevor. 

(RKO) • Joan Fontaine-Robert Ryan . . . » 

. . ■ Lon McCallister 






by Pete Wood, Ohio exhib leader, 

products” The rollcallYncludesThe j both of whom gave the impression , Born to Be Bad (RKO). . 

eoisodic “It's a Big Country” and i that the MPEA was in the Kremlin : Boy from Indiana (EL) . . 

the others also are in the top- deal as a money-making proposi- Bright Leaf (WB) , ‘ 

drawer category with “Royal Wed- tion. • Actually, the price at which , Broken Arrow (20th) James btewart. . . 

ding,” “Mr. Imperium,” “Across ! pix are being offered to Russia— Buccaneer’s Girl (U) . * vonne DeCarlo . . 

for the prime purpose of getting Bunco Squad (RKO) Robert Sterling . . . 

American product played behind , Caged (WB) '..Eleanor Parker... 

the Iron Curtain— is such that . Cairo R oa( j (British) (AB-Pathe) ...Eric Portman 

there would be very little coin ; captain Carey, U.Sj.A. (Par) Alan Ladd-Wanda 

in it for anybody. . ; Captive Girl (Col) Johnny Weissmul. 

If altruism were going to be mis- ' Capture (RKO) Lew Ayres-Teresa 

countered in pre-production activ- ■ taken in this country for commer- 1 Cargo to Capetown (Col)... Broderick Crawfor 

ity, Metro plans, to keep shooting j c ialis m , they'd be better off out : Cariboo Trail ~ ^ 

at about this level for a consid- ) of the :. de al, the Yanks figured. In ~ J 
erable period of time. j any case, they have become com- 

Low ebb among the majors cur- , pietely discouraged about the pros- 




the Wide Missouri,” “An Ameri- 
can in Paris” and “Red Badge of 
Courage” making up the roster. 

While the actual total may vary 
from time to time due to the mul- 
titudinous problems usually en- 


Hendrix . 


rently is to be found at Paramount, 
which is in the midst of a produc- 
tion hiatus. Following the change 
in production personnel, the script 
backlog underwent a complete 
overhaul. Many now are in the 
process of being rewritten. Others 
may be shelved entirely. But by 
late October, or early November 
at the latest, Paramount will be 
back at work and the studio ex- 
pects to set a normal weekly pro- 
duction level and maintain it. 

Republic Slack 


pects of the Russians ever fulfilling j 
the deal made by Johnston in Mos- 
cow in October, 1948. That called 
for purchase of a minimum of 20 
pix at $50,000 each. Price has 
since been revised downward in j 
the interest of making a deal. 

Company prexies had come to 
the conclusion prior to last week’s 
meeting that a decision had to be 
made as to whether efforts to sell 
Moscow were going to be allowed 
to drag on forever* or whether they 
should be cut off. The Russians, 


Catskill Honeymoon (Yiddish- Amer.) (Cohen) Michal Michalesko-Jan Bart ... Feb. 

Chain Lightning (WB) Humphrey Bogart-Eleanor Parker. 

Champagne for Caesar (UA) “....Ronald Colrhan-Celeste Holm..... 

Chance of a Lifetime (British) (B-L). Basil Radford-Bernard Miles 

! Cheaper by the Dozen (20th) Clifton Webb-Jeanne Crain 


Code of the Silver Sage (Rep) .Allan “Rocky” Lane 

Colorado Ranger (Lippert) Jimmy Ellison-Russ Hayden 

Colt .45 (WB) • • Randolph Scott-Ruth Romai 

Comanche Territory (U) Maureen O’Hara-Macdonald 

Congolaise (FC) . . . ., ( 

Convicted (Col) Glenn Ford-Brodenck Craw 


Calhoun-Jane 
‘Rocky” Xan 


Nigh 


Republic also is in the midst of -j who have already looked at more 
a slackoff at the moment, but the ! than 60 pix .in an alleged attempt 
studio has a total of seven pictures j to find 20 suitable ones, now want 
slated to start late this month and ! to see still more, and the Ameri- 


early next. 

Remainder of the studios around 
town fall into the “average” clas- 
sification. Twentieth-Fox currently 
has nothing in town, but three pix 
are shooting on location, “Birds 
of Paradise” in Hawaii; “House on 
Telegraph Hill” in San Francisco, 
and “Wild Winds” in Montana, and 
three more films will get underway 
by the end of this month. Uni- j 
versal-International has five before j 
the cameras with another three i 
slated before the end of the. month. ! 
Activity falls into the “routine” j 
classification at th,. valley lot, with 1 
indications that the studio plans to 
maintain about this level through 
the year’s end. 

Columbia and Monogram each 
have two pictures shooting, with 
each slating another five to roll 
before Oct. 1. Lippert Productions 
still is shut down as the company 
prepares a new setup, announced in 
June. Last year Lippert turned out 
29 B’s. This year Lippert plans only 
12, but each will be of higher qual- 
ity than heretofore. First under the 
new schedule, “20,000 Leagues Un- 
der the Sea,” probably will roll 
around Oct. 1. 

Up above the “average” class is 
RKO, which currently has three 
films before the cameras and an- 
other four slated to go this month 


cans have begun to tire of the 
game. 

Moscow persists in wanting to 
see more samples, and each time 
Louis Kanturek, eastern European 
manager for the MPEA, has been 
sent to Russia with them. Now the 
Americans are beginning to won- j 
der if this just isn’t a pleasant way j 
for the Kremlin, to see and enjoy . 
new Hollywood product. j 


Remake Kick 

Continued from page 5 


which it was based, and “Tea for j 
Two” was the top tune. ! 

Same studio has in work now a , 
refilming of one of its top sue-; 
cesses, “To Have, and Have Not.” j 
High opinion* of the yarn held by | 
WB is evident from the fact that it 
was released only six years ago — a 
very short time for a remake. New 
version, “The Breaking Point,” will 
have John Garfield and Patricia 
Neal in place of Humphrey Bogart 
and Lauren Bacall, who were in the 
original. 

Also on the remake schedule at 
Warners is “So Big,” from the Edna 
j Ferber novel, which has twice be- 
fore found its way to the screen. 


County Fair (Mono) Rory 

Covered Wagon Raid' (Rep) Allan 

Cowboy and the Prizefighter (EL) . . Jim Bannon 

Cow Town (Col) Gene Autry.. 

Crisis (Metro) • Cary .Grant- Jose Ferrer 

Cry Murder (FC) Carol Mathews-Jack Lord.... 

Cure for Love, The (British) (B r L) Robert Donat-Renee Asherson 

Curtain Call at Cactus Creek (U). , .Donald O’Connor-Gale Storm. 

Customs Agent (Col) William Eythe 

Dakota Lil (20th) Geo. Montgomery-Rod Camera 

Damned Don’t Cry (WB) . . Joan Crawford-David Brian . . . 

Dance Hall (British) (GFD) ...... Donald Houston 

Dancing Years, The (British) (A-B Pathe) .Dennis Price-Gisele Preville.'. 

Dark City (Par) Lizbeth Scott-Viveca Lindfors . 

Daughter of Rosie O’Grady (WB) Time Haver-Gordon MacRae.. 

David Harding, Counterspy (Col) Willard Parker 

Davy Crockett, Indian Scout (UA) Geo. Moiltgomery-Ellen Drew 

! Daybreak in Udi (British) (Brill) June 

: Day in Congress (Instructional) .May 

! Death of a Dream (ELC) ; ! July 

j Desert Hawk (U) Yvonne De Carlo-Richard Greene ...... Aug. 

I Destination Big House (Rep) Dorothy Patrick June 

J Destination Moon (EL) John Archer June 

! Destination Murder (RKO) Joyce MacKenzie-Stanley Clements June 

j Devil’s Doorway (Metro) . Robert* Taylor-Louis Calhern . . May 

! Duchess of Idaho (Metro) Esther Williams-Van Johnson June 


. .July 

12 

. .May 

10 

♦ .Feb. 

22 

f .April 

12 

, . . April 

26 

. .June 

14 

. .May 

10 

. .Feb. 

15 

. .June 

14 

, . .Jan. 

18 

. . Feb. 

15 

. .March 

8 

..July 

26 

. .July 

5 

. . Feb. 

8 

i . . J an. 

18 

. . April 

5 

. .July 

19 

, . .March 15 

. . April 

12 

. .Jan. 

25 

. .Aug. 

9 

. .Jan. 

11 

. . March 

1 

. .Jan. 

18 

. .Jan. 

25 

. . Jan. 

11 

. . Jan. 

11 

. , Aug. 

23 

, . .March 29 

, . .May 

24 

. . June 

14 

. . . March 

1 

. . . Aug. 

16 

, . .May 

3 

. .June 

28 

, . .Feb. 

22 

. . . April 

19 

. . . April 

5 

. . .April 

5 

js July 

5 

, . . Feb. 

1 

, . . Feb. 

8 

, . . Feb. 

8 

. . .May 

3 

. . . March 29 

. . .March 22 

. . .April 

12 

, . .June 

7 

. . . May 

3 

. . . April 

5 

, . .May 

10 

, . . July 

26 

. . .July 

26 

. . . Aug. 

9 

. . .July 

12 

. . . Feb. 

22 

. . . May 

10 

. . .June 

21 

. . . Feb. 

1 

. . .Jan. 

11 

. . .May 

24 

7. .April 

19 

. . .Feb. 

1 

. . .April 

12 

. . .June 

14 

. . . .April 26 

. . . Aug. 

9 

•. . . March 29 

. . . May 

24 

. . .Jan. 

11 


7 

31 

19 

9 

14 

28 

7 

17 

14 


Dynamite Pass (RKO) Tim Holt. . . .March 22 

Eagle and the Hawk, The (Par) ..John Payne-Rhonda Fleming ;.Feb. 8 

Edge of Doom (RKO) ......' Dana Andrews-Farley Granger Aug. 9 

Everybody’s Dancin’ (Lippert).,,.. Spade Cooley-Richard Lane... April 12 

Fancy Pants (Rar) .. . 7 . . Bob Hope-Lucille Ball July 19 

Father Is a Bachelor (Col) William Holden-Coleen Gray .Feb. 15 

Father of the Bride (Metro)........ Spencer Tracy-Elizabeth Taylor May 10 

Federal Agent at Large (Rep) * Dorothy Patrick. . .March 22 


This is the top activity the Gower ! Fir i t . tu SS.^ as in 1925 and the sec : 
Street lot has seen in some time I ond ln 193Z- 

and with the commencement of f Aside from “Wabash Avenue,” 
activity of the Wald-Krasna unit, on which you can pay your money 
which joined the studio last week, and take your choice, 20’th’s entry 
indications are that the Howard in the remak e sweepstakes is 


28 

10 

21 

18 

3 

16 

21 

11 

21 

17 

28 


Federal Man (EL) . ' William Henry-Pamela Blake June 

Fence Riders (Mono) .Whip Wilson-Andy Clyde .May 

50 Years Before Your Eyes (WB) June 

Fighting Redhead (EL). Jim Bannon ...Jan. 

Fighting Stallion (EL) Bill EdwardS-Doris Merrick May 

Fireball, The (20th) Mickey Rooney-Pat O’Brien Aug. 

Flame and the Arrow (WB) Burt Lancaster-Virginia Mayo. .June 

Flying Saucer (FC) Mikel Conrad Jan. 

Forbidden Jungle (EL) Don Harvey June 

Fortunes of Captain Blood (Col) Louis Hayward .May 

Furies (Par) Barbara Stanwyck* Wendell Corey . . 4 . . . June 

Girl from San Lorenzo (UA) Duncan Renaldo-Leo Carrillo... March 8 

Girls’ School (Col) Joyce Reynolds Feb. 8 

Golden Gloves Story (EL) James Dunn April 26 

Golden Salamander (GFD) Trevor Howard .Feb. 8 

Golden Twenties (RKO) ” ‘ ’ * ’ ’ * * * • ’ ' ’ March 22 

_ .May 31 

Good Time Girl (FC) Jean Kent .Mav 24 

Great Jewel Robber (WB) David Brian . .June 14 

— , . .... . .. . Tj; . Great Plane Robbery (UA) ..Tom Conway March 8 

• same old groove. Some are resting refilming. in English. It is Dr. . Guilt Is My Shadow (British) (AB-Pathe) Elizabeth Sellers-Patrick Holt March 29 

between pictures, others are busy i Rrae torius by Curt Goetz. .Guilty Bystander (FC) Zachary Scott-Faye Emerson Feb. 15 

making plans for lensing. At the 1 On Metro’s slate at the moment, ; Gunfighter (20th) . : Gregory Peck . . . . . . *. . . . . April 

moment only three indie films are although work hasn’t started yet, ; Gunfire (Lippert) Don° Barry . . . ’ . * ’ , ’ *. ’ ’ ’ j ; * ’ [ ’ ‘ ’ ‘ ’ ’ July 

before the cameras. Start of some ' is a refilming of “Scaramouche.” j Gunmen of Abilene (Rep) . ...... . Allan “Rocky” Lane! ! ! ! . . ! .!..!! . ! . ! ! Feb. 

has been stalled by release uncer--* Company is also making “Quo ’ Gunslingers (Mono) Whip Wilson . Aug. 

tainties, particularly in view of the i Vadis,” previously seen in this 1- " - - 

United Artists situation, but it’s I country, but only in foreign 
generally expected that the indies I versions. 


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Hughes plant will continue to op- i Love That Brute,” which had its : Good Humor Man (Col)... jack Carson 

erate at a high level of production, origin in 1941’s “Tall, Dark and ~ 1 

Among the independents, activ- : Handsome.” Studio has also recent- 
ly also continues to fit into the ^ acquired a current German hit 


26 

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15 

9 


Happiest Days of Your Life (British) (B-L)... Alastair Sim-Margaret Rutherford March 15 

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Will be well .represented when the 


Among the independents, Walt 


roster of 1950 product is compiled Disney now has in release “Treas- 


come next January. 

Also in the “about normal” clas- 
sification is the number of an* 
nouncements of planned projects. 
Spot check of would-be producers 
Indicates that the number current- 


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ure Island.” Robert Louis Steven- 
son classic has been made three 
times previously, once by Fox in 
1918, again by Paramount in 19 v 20 
and for a third time by Metro in 
1934. 


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Happy Years (Metro) Dean Stoekwell. , .May 

Harbor of Missing Men (Rep) Richard Denning April 

Hign Lonesome (EL) John Barrymore, Jr . Aug. 

Hi- Jacked (Lippert)- . . ; . . . Jim Javis-Marsha Jones June 

Hills of Oklahoma (Rep) ■. Rex Allen .June 

Hoedown (Col). , .... ..... Eddy Arnold June 

Horsemen of the Sierras (Col) Charles Starrett .March 8 

Hostile Country (Lippert) Jimmy Ellison-Russ Hayden. May 17 

House by the River (Rep) ; Louis Hayward March 29 


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PICTURES 


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Wednesday, September 6; 1950 


Greater Union Subsids 
Show $377,340 Profit 

Sydney, Aug, 29. 

The four holding companies un- 
der the Greater Union wing — 
Greater J. D. Williams, Spencer’s, 

West’s an’d Amalgamated Pictures 
—returned a net profit of 150,550 
pounds or about $337,340 for the 
financial year ended last June. 
Profit is about $35,840 ahead of 
1949. Dividends now range from 
614%: to 8^%.. 

: GUT on expansion moves sank 
a healthy slice of capital into proc- 
essing laboratories, 16m distribu- 
tion, and the takeover of Aussie 
sound equipment. Quite a lot oil 
the GU profits came from these 
new ventures. Further expansion 
moves are likely to be made in 
1951 - by Norman B. Rydge, GUT. 
chairman. 





PICTURE AND DISTRIB. 


(Continued from page 16) 

STARS 


ISSUE 

REVIEWED 


Rank’s 



Continued from pace S 




I Was a Shoplifter (U). . ..Scott Brady. 

If This Be Sin (British) (UA) ...../, Myrna Loy-Peggy Cummins 

In a Lonely Place (Col). . . . . . ... . . . ....... ........ . . . . . . Humphrey Bogari-Gloria Grahame 

Iroquois Trail (UA). ...... . . .... ..... . . .>?. ...... ... .Geo. Moritgomery-Brenda Marshall. 

It’s a Small World (EL). . . ,,/.,, ..... . ..... ..... ...... /Paul Dale-Lorraine Miller. 

Jackie Robinson Story (EL) ..... ... ..... . . . . ... ... . . . • J aekie Robinson 


Jiggs and Maggie Out West (Mono) . . 




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. Joe Yule-Renie Riano . . . 


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Johnny One-Eye (DA)..//.. ... ... . .4 v • • • • •• • - Rat O’Brien-Wayne; Morris. . . 

Jungle. Stampede -(Rep) . .... ■* • ♦ , . • .... . . • ... • • * 

Key to the City (Metro) ... v. . v. . . . Clark Gable^Loret 

Kid From Tex&s (U) . . . . . . ; . . . . ...... .... . .... Audie Murphy-Gal 

Killer Shark (Mono). . .. .. . Roddy McDowall 
Kill Or Be Killed (ELL . . . .... i . . . . . .... Lawrence Tierney . . . f . 

Kill the Umpire (Col). //.:■■. ..... , ....... , , . . . . . William Bendix. . . . ,-. ^ . . • • • ♦ 

Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye (WB) ... ...... .,. .... . . . . .... . James Cagney/. . ... . . , .... . . . . . . . 

Lady Without Passport (Metro) . . . . . . Hedy Lamarr- John Hodiak . . . 

Last Holiday (British) (AB-Pathe) ....... . , . . .... . . . . . . . Alec Guinness-Beatrice Campbell . ... . . 

Lawless (Par) : ,■//■.•//. . . ... . .-./,/. /. . . . . . . . , - . . '. . . .... . . . Macdonald Carey-Gail Russell . .... . . . . 

Let’s Dance (Par): . . ... .. ... . . ... . . . . Betty Hutton-Fred Astaire . . . ...... «•/;■. 

Life of Her Own (Metro) . . . . ... . . . . . . . . . . . .Lana Turner-Ray Milland. . .. . . . ... . 



compared with the previous year’s 
£1,587,356. 

A principal reason for the loss 
suffered by the combined Rank 
enterprises was the heavy writeoffs 
taken. These were bigger than in 

either 1948 or 1949, when substan- 
tial reductions were also made. It 
-4s believed that the current report 
might be the last in which such 
writeoffs are necessary. With Rank 
getting his house in order to show 
a neat upturn in profits next year. 

Writeoffs on amortization of 
buildings, plant and equipment 
and the 16m film library totalled 
£1,481,320, compared, with £ 1,- 
169,779 for the 1948-49 period. 

Bank Loan Slash' 

Highly significant, too, in the 
Improvement in Rank’s outlpok was 
the great slash in bank loans and 
overdrafts. These were reduced by 
£ 3,336,545 (about $10,000,000) , 
from £16,286,581 to £ 12,950,036. 
In the aggregate, according to the 
report, mortgages, loans, deben- 
tures and overdrafts have been 
reduced by £4,064,665 during the 
year. 

Reason for the paradox of the 
improvement ip Rank’s situation, 
despite the apparent loss this year 
against the ; previous semester’s 
gain, is to be found in a large 
number pf items in both -this year’s 
and last year’s report, Actually, 
as far as operational results them- 
selves go, there; was a gain of 
£552,264, compared with last 
year’s loss , of £746,747. 

Going beyond that, however, to 
get the consolidated figure, last 
year’s report showed that Rank 
had forgiven the company a per- 
sonal debt of £650,000 and that 
it had withdrawn £1,341,000 from 
reserves to keep going. ' The only 
income this year aside from operat- 
ing profits was £1,082,298, re- 
ceived for the sale of fixed assets. 
These included Shepherd’s Bush 
studios. 

Although the picture looks 
brighter for the future, . that gave 
no immediate comfort to Rank's 
common shareholders. They got no 
dividends this year, as against 
334% tax free last year. 


. ... i ,//,.■/./ . . Leo Gorcey 






Louisa ( U) . « . .*. . . » 1 . -. «.« •• 1 i m . *■ 

Love That Brute <20th). . ... 

Lucky Losers (Mono) . /.. 

Ma and Pa k Kettle Go to Town (U) . . . . ... .... Marjorie 1 

Madeleine (GFD). .......... .... . . . . . ... . . . . . . , . . Ann Todd 

Mark "of the Gorilla (Col) . . . ; .• . . . , . . . . . . . . ... V Johnny Weissmuller. . •. '. .. . . ... . . . . 

Marshal of Heldorado (Lippert). . . . . . > .: ... . . ... , . . ... Jimmy ElliSoh-Russ Hayden. . . . ; , . . 

Mask of Korea (Ellis) , . ......... . . . , . ; . . ... ......... . Erich Von Stroheim-Sessue Hayakaw 

Master Minds (Mono) . . . ...... v , :. Leo Gorcey . . 

Men (UA). , : . . . . . . . . . . ........ Marlon Brando-Teresa Wright . . . . 

Messenger of Peace (Astor) . ... . ^ , .. .• . ... . . .John Beal. . . ... , . : . ..;.... .... 

Military Academy (Col) ■. , , , . ; . . ... . . . . . . Stanley Clements . . . . . . : . . . . . . . . 

Miss Pilgrim’s Progress (British) (QN). *’..!• • • » • • • • •• ■ • ♦ Michael Rennie-Yolande Denlan . 
Mister 880 (20th). .... . . . . .. . ... .. . . .> . , • • • i Burt Lancaster-Dorothy McGuire . . 

Modern Marriage (MonoK .., ..... ... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ... Reed Hadley . . . . . ; . . 

Morning Departure (GFD) ... . . . . : John Mills-Richard Attenborough , . . 

Mother Didn’t Tell Me (20th) .... . . , > . . . . Dorothy McGuire- William Lundigan . 

Motor Patrol (Lippert) . . . . .. . . . . ..... ... . . . . . ... ... . . Don Castle- Jane Nigh . . . , ..... i ... . . 

Mule Train (Col) . . ; ... ...... .... . . . . . . * . . . . . . . ,. Gene Autry. ... . . ^ ... 

My Blue Heaven (20th) . ... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . -.4' . . . . . Betty Grable-Dan Dailey . ! . . ... . . . . 

My Daughter Joy (British) (B-L) . .... .Edward G. Robinson-Peggy Cummins 

My Friend Irma Goes West (Par) . . . . .. , . . . . . . ...... Marie Wilson- John Lund . . . .... . . . . 

Mystery at the Burlesque (British) (Mono) . *■; .... . , , .... Garry Marsh . . . . . ..... 

Mystery Street (Metro). . . . . . . . , . . ........ . . . .. . . . Ricardo Montalban. . . . . . . .. ...... . 

Nancy Goes to Rio (Metro). ... ... . . . . . — . . . . . Jane Powell-Ann Sothern . .... . . 

Next Voice You Hear (Metro). .James Whitmore-Nancv Davis 






N 0 Man of Her Own (Par) .... /, . ; , . . . . . . . . . . . . , Barbara Stan wy ck T J 0 hn Lund , 

No Place for Jennifer (British) (AB-Pathe) ............ .4 Leo Genn . . 

No Sad Songs for Me (Col). . . . ............ ...... . . . .. .Margaret Sullivan-Wendell C< 

No Way Out (20th), ... .... . . , . .4 ...... . ... /Richard Widmark-Linda Darn 

Nevadan (Col). .... .......... . . . . .T, . ... . . ... Randolph Scott-Dorothy Malor 

Odette (British) (B-L). .... . . . . .4 . .4 . . * ... . ... . Anna Neagle-Trevor Howard. 

Old Frontier (Rep) . . . . . . . . , . . ... .... .4 . ...... . Monte Hale . , . . , 

Once a Thief (UA) . . . . . . . . . . . . . ; . ...... . . ... ........ Cesar RomerO-June Havoc, . . 

One Way Street (U). ; * . .... . . .. . .. . . .... . . . . James Mason. ... . 

On the Isle of Samoa (Col) ...... ..4. ............... 4. Jon Hall . < 4 

Operation Haylift (Lippert) . . . .... . , . . . . . . . . . * ... ...... . .Bill Williams-Tom Brown . 

Our Very Own (RKO) . / - . . . . .... . . . . . . > . . . . . ... * . . . . Ann . Blythe-Far'ley Granger 

Outcast of Black Mesa (Cbl) . ....... . . . . . . . . . . .... . . > . . Charles Starrett 

Outrage (RKQ) . . , . . ....... .... .... . . • ...... . . , . ..... . Mala Powers-Tod Andrews . . . . . . 

Outriders (IVIetro) . . » . ..... .................... » . « .... . « .Joel TMcCrea . . ..... . . . . . , , , ... . » , 

Outside the Wall (U) . . . . ........ ; . . . . . . , .4 ... .4 . . . . ... Richard Basehart-Marilyn Maxwell. 

Over . the Border (Mono) . . . . . ... . . ....... . .......... . . . . Johnny Mack Brown . . . .... , , . . ... . 

Palomino (Col). , ..... - . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jerome Cortland. . V. , . . . 

Panic in the Streets (20th) . . . . • . . . . . ................ . . . Richard Widmark-Paul D< 




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Paper Gallows (British) (Adelphi) . . .. . . . . .. . . . . 


tv* 


Rona Anderson-Dermot Walsh . 






9 9'9 9 '* 



Continued from page 3 



Girl (Col)........ 

Pioneer Marshall (Rep) . ,4 . . , ... .... ... . ... . . . . . 4 . , . . . . . Monte Hale . . . 

Please Believe Me (Metro) . . 

Portrait of Clare (British) (AB-Pathe) 

Powder Riyer Rustlers (Rep) .... . 

Prelude to Fame (British) (GFD). ; . . . . .... . .... . . . .Guy 


. , , ... ... . ..... . . . Deborah Kerr-Robert Walker. 

. ... .4 ...... . . . • .Margaret Johnston-Ri chard Todd. 

...... . Allan “Rocky” Lane . . . .... . » . , 


• • • « • 


Quicksand (UA). .... . . . . ... . . . * .Mickey Rooney. . , . . . . ; . . 

Radar Secret Service (Lippert) . . ... . . . . .. . . ... ...... . . John Howard-Adele Jerge 

Range Land (Mono) , , . . . ... , . . . .4 . 4 ... * . . . > . . Whip Wilson . . ^ . .... . 

Reformer and the Redhead (Metro) . . . . ^ ....... ...... . . June Allyson-Dick Powell 

Return of the Frontiersman (WB) . . . ........... . ... .... . . - Gordon MacRae- Julie London 

Rider From Tucson (RKO) ... . . . . ... . . . . . . > Tim Holt 4 . . , ..... 

Riders of the Ejusk (Mono) . ... . . . . . . . ... . ... . ... .... . Whip Wilson . 

J Riding .'Iligh. : (Par) . . . . • • ... . . . • . ••• • • . • • . * • • . . ■» • • . ,•»•«.. ...Bing Crosby . . . . , . , ; 

. Right- - Cross (IVIetro.) •, • • • • . < * • . .. . . • J une AlI ly son-Dick Powell 

Rocketship X-M • (Lippert) ....... • ...... . . . . .. . « « .... • Lloyd Bridges-.Osa IVlassen , ]^ay 

Rock^ ^Island Trail (Rep) 4.,.. . ...... 4 ^ ...... v Forrest TuckeivAdele Mara .......... :.May 

presented to it by president Ellis Rogues of Sherwood Forest (Col) .4 ... . ........ .... .... .John Derek-Diana Lynn. ... . .... .... . .June 

G.Arnall. MPEA conferees will. Salt Lake Raiders (Rep). .. . . , v. ........... ............Allan 


Aug. 

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April 

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June 

28 

May 

17 

June 

7 

May 

31 

May 

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March 22 

June 

28 

Feb. 

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June 

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Aug. 

2 

Feb, 

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.March 

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April 

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June ; 

14 

May 

3 

Aug. 

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July 

19 

May 

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April 

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Aug. 

9 

.Aug. 

16 

June 

28 

May 

31 

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10 

May 

31 

March 29 

Feb. 

22 

Feb. 

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July 

19 

.Aug. 

9 

.Jan. 

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May 

24 

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.April 

26 

Feb. 

8 

.Aug. 

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.April 

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.March 1 

.Feb. 

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.May 

10 

.July 

26 

.Aug. 

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.June 

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.May 

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April 

19 

. May 

17 

Feb; 

1 

.June 

7 

.May 

24 

.Feb, 

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, Jan ; 

25 

. April 

12 

. Aug: 

2 

.Jan. 

11 

.June 

14 

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9 

.June 

28 

.April 

12 

.July 

26 

.April 

19 

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May. 

10 

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.March 8 

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.May 

1 

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14 

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. June 

14 

.March 1 

.Aug. 

23 

. Jan . 

11 

.March 15 

• Aug; 

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.Feb. 

8 

.May 

,10 

.July 

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.March 1 

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.March 1 
. March 8 

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DENVER 

(Continued from page 13) 


id “Adam 
1,500. 

Paramount 


and Evalyn” (tj), 
(Fox) (2,200; 35-74) 


My Skin” (20th). Poor 
Last week* “Night and 


‘Under 


Tabor (Fox) (1,967; 35-74) : — 
“Saddle Tramp” (U) and 


Aladdin, Webber. Socko 


.Webber (Fox) 
“Saddle Tramp” 


(742; 35-74).— 
(U) and “Trial 


Fine $2 ,500 or better. 



In Detroit; ‘Kiss’ Sultry 
$18,000, ‘Arrow’ 30G, 2d 

Detroit, Sept. 5. 

The biz tempo here is brisk this 
stanza despite many holdovers. 
Biggest coin goes to “Broken Ar- 
row” at the Fox and "Sunset, 
Blvd.” at Michigan, both in second 
sessions. Top newcomers arp 
“Summer Stock” at Downtown 
and “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye” at 
Palms. 

Estimates for This Week 

Fox (Fox-Detroit) (5,000; 70-95) 
— "Broken Arrow” (20th) (2d wk). 
S mash $30,000. Last week, 
$38,000. “ 

> Michigan (United Detroit) (4,000; 
70-95)— "Sunset Boulevard” (Par) 
(2d wk). Big $20,00.0. Last week, 
$24;000. 

Palms (UD) (2,900; 70-95)— * 

“Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye” (WB). 
Fine $18,000. Last week, “711 
Ocean Drive” <Col) (2d wkl, $9,000. 

United Artists (UD) (2,000; 70- 
95)— “Admiral Was a Lady” (UA) 
and “The Showdown” (UAL Low 
$5,000. Last week, “Return of 
Jesse James” (Lip) ahd "Shot 
Billy the Kid” (Lip), $6,000, v 

Adams (Balahan) (1,700; 70-95) 
— "Three Little Words” (M-G) 
(3d wk). Good $15,000. Last week, 
about same. 

Downtown (Balaban) (2,900; 70- 
95) — "Summer Stock” (M-G) 
fancy $15,000. Last week, “Cari- 
boo Trail” (20 th) and “Lucky 
Losers” (Mono) (2d wk), $5,000, 


‘Very Own’ Smash 


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receive a first-hand report on the 
trade accord from Fayette W. All- 
port, European chief, who arrived 
from London yesterday. 

MPEA tpmbrrow also will go 
Into the Argentine, situation, 
i which has been a source of many 
" headaches among U. S. negotia- 
tors, including John G. McCarthy, 
head of the international division 
of the Motion Picture Assn, of i 




‘Rocky’’ Lane 


. . .•* . . . . May 


3 

21 

17 


Sariinriba (EL) . • • • • . . •■» . . » . . ..... . . . , . ■ . . . ... . . .*. . .Klichael . AjVhalen.-X)oris Do\vling. . . . . » ■, .]\larch 22 

Savage Horde (Rep) .-. ... , « .-. «... ... ..... ... . . ..... . « ... . IVilliam Elliott-Adrian Booth. ... . July . 5 

Secret .Fury (RKG) . . .v . . . . . . . -. • . . . . • , ... • .; . . .»■ . . Claudette Colbei* t-Robert -Ryan -, » . » . y ■ . April. 26 

■ Seven Days .to Noon (British) (B-L) . . .... . ... . ... . . . . . . Barry Jones . . . . .J ./ . , . . . . . . Aug. 23 

7 1 1 Ocean Di ive-. ( Col) .. ■ >•«•»• .*• ........ .<•••••<<• Edmund O Bn en- Joanne Dru ^ , July 19 

Shadow on the Wall (Metro) . , , . .. . . . Ann Sothern-Zachary Scott ..... . . . . . . .March 15 

Shakedown <U) . . ~ 

Sideshow (Mono) .4 • • 

Siena (U) . ••*•••••• • • .... .... . • . , . . • ... . ... . ..Audie Murphy-lVanda Hendrix. ....... .April 26 

Silver Bandit (Fnedgen) ... . Spade' Cooley . . . ... i M ,,,,,, , IMarch 29 


• . • « . . . . .. . • . • . . • I,.:. • . 4 . . . .Howard: Duff-Brian* Donlevy . , . , , , , , , , , Aug. 23 
. . . . . . . . . . . . , . . . ... » » . ... ..... 4 . Don MeGuire-Tracey Roberts. ... . , , . . /. June- 14 


Singing Guns (Rep) 






♦ . Vaughn Monroe-Ella Raines .4 . . March 15 


for remittances of $1,250,000 an- 
nually appeared to be finalized, 
the Peron government imposed 
new conditions on the U. S. com- 
panies which detracted from the 
attractiveness of the pact. These 
Included a ban on investing in 
theatre ownership. 

Situation was further aggra- 
vated last week With the devalua- 
tion of the Argentine peso. The 
likely 'CensequenceV of this will be 
a bid by the U. S. companies to in- 
crease, the number of pesos al- 
lowed to be converted so that the 
original $1,250,000 sum will be 
equalled. 


South of Death Valley (Col) . . . . .. 


Spy Hunt (U) . . . . 

Stage Fright (WB).. 

Stars in My Crown (Metro) 
State Penitentiary (Col) . . 




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. . . , . Charles Starrett. .4 . . . ... . . y 

Paul Hehreid^Gatherine Me 

. . Howard Duff-Marta TOren , 


. . . . . , . . . ... ...... . .... . ., . . uane w yinan-ivianene U 

. .... . . . . . . . ♦ . ... ........... Joel McCrea-Ellen Drew 

.......... 


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. . .... f*. . ...... . . . Warner Baxter . ....... 

state secret (British) (B-L) ....... . . . 

Stella’ (20th). 

Storm Over Wyoming (RK 

Streets of Ghost Town _l.C>olj y ....... « . ... » . . Charles Starrett . 

Ingrid Bergman-I 
Judy Garland-Gene Kelly. . 


Summer Stock (Metro) . 
Sundowners (EL). . . 
Sunset Boulevard (I 
Tarnished 




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(Rep) .Dorothy 

(Continued on page 20) 


...July 

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. . .July 

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...May 

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. . .June 

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. . .March 

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15 

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11 

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19 

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5 


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Seattle, Sept. 5. 

Business appears solid this week 
but nice . weather may cut in on 
the holiday weekend. Big parade 
of excellent to sock newcomers is 
headed by “Louisa,” “Fancy Pants,” 
“Our Very Own” and “Black 
Rose,” last two being smash. 
“Union Station,” new pic on one 
of first dates, is sock. 

Estimates for This Week 

Blue Mouse (Hamrick) (800; 59- 
84)— "Flame and Arrow” (WB) and 
“Armored Car Robbery”, (RKO) 
(4th wk). Big $4,000 after $4,700 in 
previous week. 

Coliseum (Evergreen) (1,877; 59- 
84)— “Union Station” (Par) and “I 
Killed Geronimo” (EL). Sock $10,- 
000 or over. Last week, “Con- 
victed” (Col) and '‘Prelude to 
Korea” (EL) (2d wk), $5,000. 

Fifth Avenue (Hamrick) (2,349; 
59-84) — “Black Rose” (20th) and 
“When You’re Smiling” (Col): Im- 
mense $18,000. Last week, “Treas- 
ure Island” (RKO) (3d wk), nice 
$7,100. 

Liberty (Hamrick) (1,650; .59-84) 
—"Louisa” (U) and: “Bunco Squad” 
(RKO). Excellent $9^000. Last 
stanza, “Lady . Without Passport 
(M-G) and “Lonely Heart Bandits 
(Rep), $5,200. * 

Music Box (Hamrick) (850; 59- 
84) — “Our Very Own” (RKO). 
Smash $10,000 or dose. Last week, 
“If This Be Sin” (UA) (2d wk-6 
days), $2,500. 

Music Hall (Hamrick) (2,200; 49- 
84)— “Three Little Words” (M-G) 
and “Savage Horde” (Rep) (2d wk). 
Fine $11,000.; Last week, $16,800. 

OrpheUm (Hamrick) (2,600; 49- 
84) — - “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye’* 
(WB) and “jungle Stampede’* 
(Rep). Okay $10,000. Last week, 
“Pretty Baby** (WB) and “Small 
World” (EL), $7,400. 

Palomar (Sterling) 11,350; 40-52- 
97)— “Where Sidewalk Ends’* (20th) 
(2d run) plus Cab • Calloway orch 
onstage. Stageshow pushing this to 
great $13,000. Last week, “Lawless” 
(Par) (2d run) plus stageshow, 
$ 10 , 000 ; 

Paramount . (Evergreen) (3,039; 
59-84) — “Fancy Pants” (Par) and 
“Rookie Fireman” (Col). Solid $14,- 
000. Last week; “Broken Arrow’* 
(2Qth) and T r 1 p 1 e Trouble” 
(Mono) (3d wk-4 days), $5,000. 


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MIX Business with Pleasure! 


Months of territorial coverage can be packed 
into four delightful days at America’s most 
talked-about hotel! Here’s an excellent oppor- 
tunity to effectively display theatre equip- 
ment and supplies to the real buying 
powers of the Motion Picture Industry^ 

'//. Special tours of exhibits will be con- 
'///., ducted daily by prominent showmen! 


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radio 


Wednesday, September 6, 1930 



lino SCREENING ALL RADIO-TV 




Faction which protested the ap- 
pearance of Jean Muir in the cast 
of NBC-TV’s “Aldrich Family,” be- 
cause of her purported Communist- 
front tieups, have mapped out a 
campaign to screen the cast of 
every program on radio or tele- 
vision this year, it was reported 
this week. Encouraged by their 
success in having Miss Muir ousted 
from “Aldrich” they reportedly 
will follow the same tactics in try- 
ing to have any performer fired 
from a ; show if they consider him 
to have so-called subversive lean- 
ings. v . 

Miss Muir was replaced in 
the “Aldrich” cast by Nancy Car- 
roll, following the decision of Gen- 
eral Foods*, bankrollers of the 
show, that it could not gamble on 
antagonizing its customers by em- 
ploying a “controversial person.” 
While other talent and .the net- 
works fear that GF’s action in the 
Muir case may serve as a prece- 
dent to any similar situation that 
occurs, the networks claim they 
will not be stampeded into screen- 
ing all actors for their political 
beliefs before casting a show. They 
conceded, however, that once the 
damage .has been done; as in -the 
case with Miss Muir, they could 
not employ the actor. 

Execs of the American Civil 
liberties Union will meet with 
their attorneys today (Wed.) or to- 
morrow to determine what legal 
steps they can take to prevent a 
recurrence of the Muir case. 

No Net Stampede 

A network spokesman, who de- 
clined to be identified, suggested ! 
that an argument might be taken 
to the FCC. Under the Commis- 
sion’s licensing laws for radio and 
TV stations, he pointed out, the 
licensee alone has the right to de- 
termine what the public shall lis- 
ten to or watch. In the case of 
Miss Muir, he said, it might be 
proved that an outside pressure 
group, which was not so licensed, 
determined the programming. 
Spokesman for another group sug- 
gested that Miss Muir and some 
of the persons who protested her 
appearance might be persuaded to 
participate in a discussion on the 
air. It's believed; however, that 
no network or station would take 
a chance of stirring Up right-wing 
antagonism by programming such 
a show. 

As for the legal question of 
Whether the Muir case contributes 
a violation of civil rights, play- 
wright Elmer Rice, as spokesman 
for the ACLU’s civil rights com- 
mittee, pointed out the difficulties 
in trying to prove such a conten- 
tion. He said the ACLU would 
•'like to investigate the whole gen- 
eral situation,” but while empha- 

(Continued on page 34) 


RWG ‘Shocked’ 

First formal' move by any of 
the radio talent guilds to com- 
bat the alleged blacklisting of 
artists in thie wake of the Jean 
Muir case war, taken this week 
by the Radio Writers Guild. In 
three resolutions adopted at a 
meeting of its eastern region 
council, the Guild pledged Vim? 
mediate cooperation” with the 
American CiviV Liberties Union 
“in any investigation contem- 
plated or in progress by the 
ACLU on the effect of the cur- 
rent blacklisting Of radio and 
television artists upon the pro- 
. fessional welfare of writers.” 

Guild; expressed “shock and 
horror” to the American Fed- 
eration of Radio Artists and to 
Television Authority over what 
it. termed the “sumniary con- 
tract cancellation” of Jean 
Muir from the cast of NBC- 
TV’s “Aldrich Family” and of- 
fered to joii AFRA, TVA or 
any other organization “seek- 
ing to put an end to the black- 
list practice;” Finally, the 
Guild urged the Authors 
League and its censorship com- 
mittee to cal. an immediate 
conference against blacklisting 
“that the traditional right of 
all to private opinions and the 
right of all writers to employ- 
ment on the basis of ability 
may be reaffirmed.” 


Pitt Jewish Publisher 





Mutual to Hit the Trail, ' 

Theme To. 


Detroit, Sept! 6. 

John F; Patt, president and gen- 
eral manager of W GAR in Cleve- 
land, has been elected president 
of the three G. A. Richards sta- 
tions, which in addition to WGAR, 
include W JR, Detroit, and KMPC, 
Los Angeles. The office has been 
vacant the past year! since the 
resignation of Frank Mullen, who 
is now with the Jerry Fairbanks 
TV operation. 

Richards, currently on the FCC 
hot seat for alleged bias in the 
conduct of his KMPC-statioh, also 
announced that Worth Kramer, of 
I Detroit, would take over as veepee 
' and general manager of WJR, 
succeeding Harry Wismer, who*] 
resigned last week. Kramer had 
been Wismer’s assistant. Wismer 
| checked out over what he called 
1 long-standing differences W i t h 
Richards on basic policy matters. 
On the other hand it was Richards' 
contention that Wismer’s sports 
activities “precluded his giving 
adequate time to the station,” 
Wismer for years has been ABC’s 
ace sports broadcaster. 


in 

Pittsburgh, Sept. 5. . 

Louis Y. Borkon, Yiddish- Ameri- 
can publisher here arid a leader in 
Jewish circles; Who claims he was 
libeled over WHOD because he 
dared to criticize the station’s Yid- 
dish programs, filed suit last week 
for $200,000 damages. Borkon asks 
$100,000 compensatory damages 
and $100,000 punitive damages in 
a suit filed against the Steel City 
Broadcasting COrp., owners of the 

station, and Leizer Halberstam, 
who conducted the programs. 

Accordingto the suit, Borkon re- 
ceived many complaints from the 
readers of his publications, as well 
as acquaintances, Qbjecling to the 
Yiddish- American programs car- 
ried on WHOD by Halberstam. As 
a result, the publisher said, he 
personally monitored several of the 
programs and was “shocked by the 
Contents.” WHOD invited listeners 
to comment on the programs, Bor- 
kon contended, and he did, in a 
letter which protested the pro- 
grams as being “unrepresentative 
of Jewish life and, .offensive' to- Jew- 
ish taste.” As a result of the lat- 
ter. he charged, Harberstam broad- 
cast libelous and scandalous re- 
marks about him on. five successive 
days in July; 

Borkon said he was not named 
directly in the programs but he was 
so identified by reference that it 
left no doubt in listeners' minds 
as to who was meant. In addition, 
he said Halberstam informed lis- 
teners that anyone calling the sta- 
tion would be told who was meant, 
and a number of persons who did 
call were informed that Borkon was 
the object qf the broadcasts. 
Among other things,. Borkon 
charged, Halberstam referred to 
him as an “informer,” likened him 
to Hitler, and asked, “how long will 
this man be permitted to run wild 
in the Jewish community?” 


New York. 

Editor , Variety: 

One of the most un-American acts I can ever recall in my life- 
time took place last week when Jean Muir was fired from the 
“Aldrich Family.” 

I do riot know who was responsible, but what concerns me and 
should concern every American with a sense of fair play, is that 
the basis for her being retired from her chosen profession was a 
handful of telephone calls and several telegrams accusing her of 
being a Communist. 

What is happening to our Constitution — the most important paper 
„ever written for a free people? What about a fair trial? What 
lias happened to the courage shown by the men who built this 
country? Have we none left? And if it’s merely a matter of eco- 
nomics, what would happen* say 1, if 10,000 people with red blood 
in their veins and who will not see the little fellow kicked around, 
stood up and said to the corporation, “I will hot buy your product 
until: you will let somebody bigger than a bigot sit in judgment of 
. the accused!” Eddie Cantor. 



Sagebrush and saddle themes 
will bust out all over MBS next 
month when Mutual’s fall promo- 
tion campaign will center around 
a “Western Week,” Oct. 15-21, 
plugging the net’s kid block and 
Sunday lineup. Drive will attempt 
to cash in on the public’s cowboy 
kick. • 

Shows to. be plugged are 

‘Straight Arrow,” “Mark Trail,” 
•‘Sky King,” “Challenge of the 
Yukon,” “Roy Rogers,” “Bobby 
Benson, ’’“Hashknife Hartley” and 
“Curley Bradley.” During the 
week almost all other programs 
Will take on a Western flavor, with 
musical airers using prairie tunes 
and dramas adopting oater locales. 

A special series, Which will rUn 
two or three weeks cross-the-board 
at 4:45 p.m., will dramatize the 
lives of “Heroes of the West” with 
an . attempt made to tie in with 
local schools. On Oct. 21 at 9 p.m. 
a half-hour stanza will roundup 
>. All the web’s cowpoke characters. 

Idea of Hal Coulter of the MBS 
promotion dept!, Western Week 
will also be used for merchandise 
tieins, since : Roy Rogers and 
Bobby Benson have many licensed 
products. Heavy saturation of 
courtesy announcements by the 
Western 'characters and other 
Mutual personalities will also be 
used. | 


The Welcome Traveler 

Chicago, Sept. 5. 

Tommy Bartlett, enfeee of NBC’s 
“Welcome Traveler,” flying his am- 
! phibian airplane, rescued four per- 
sons stranded on a sand bar in 

nearby Lake Calumet after their 
skiff had capsized Monday (4). 

Victims had been in the water 
for an hour and were suffering 
| from shock when Bartlett, flying 
j in the area, spotted them. A-for- 
I mer Northwest Airlines and Army 
| transport pilot, Bartlett flew out 
i the victims in two shifts. 



(Sept. 6-16) 

Following is a list of shows, either new or returning after a 
summer hiatus, scheduled to preem on the four major networks 
during the next 10 days: 

SEPT. 6 „ 

The Great Glldersleeve. NBC* 8:30 p.m. Kraft, through J. 
Walter Thompson. 

. SEPT., r 

Screen Guild Players. ABC, 8 p.m. Sustaining. 

Father Knows Best. NBC, 8:30 p.m. Maxwell House; Benton & 
Bowles. 

Hallmark Playhouse. CBS, Iff .p.m. Hall Bros.,, through Foote, 
Cone & B elding. 

SEPT. 10 

Jack Benny. CBS, 7 p m. American Tobacco, through BBD&O. 

Theatre Guild on the Air. NBC, 8:30 p.m. U. S. Steel, through 
BBD&O. 

$64 Question. NBC, 10 p.m. RCA-V.ictbr, through Milton Biow. 

. SEPT. 11 

Victor H. Lindlahr Show. ABC, 10:45 a.m. Serutan, through 
Durstine. . 

Mark Trail. Mutual, 5 p.m. Kellogg, via Kenyon & Eckhardt. 

College of Yukon. Mutual, 5:30 p.m. Quaker Oats,! through 
Sherman-Marquette. 

SEPT. 12 

Straight Arrow. Mutual, 5 p.m* National Biscuit Co., through 
McCarin-Erickson. ' \ 

Sky King. Mutual, 5:30 p.m. Derby Foods, via Needham, Louis 
& Brorby. 

SEPT 13 

Halls of Ivy. NBC, 8 p.m. Schlitz Brewing, through Young & 
Rubicam. 

SEPT. 16 

Cecil Brown. Mutual, 7:55 p.m. Chamberlin Sales, through, 
BBD&O. ' 

What Makes You Tick? ABC, 9 p.m. Sustaining. 

Shoot the Moon. ABC, 8 p.m. Sustaining. 



Co-Op Advertising In 
NBC’s Fall Promotion 

NBC’s 1950 fall promotion cam- i 
paign will feature* for the first time 1 
in tlie web’s history, cooperative 
advertising in which the net and 
affiliates Will split the cost on a ! 
50-50 basis. George Wallace, AM i 
ad-promotion director, estimates] 
$1,000,000 worth of newspaper and j 
mag space will be used. 

On-the-air carnpaign will spot- 
light the NBC chimes with the 
slogan “Three chimes means good 
times on NBC.” Web’s talent roster 
has been recruited to transcribe t 
spots plugging the returning 
shows. The stars will rotate as 
“chime-masters,” introducing all 
the shows on specified evenings. 



Something of a precedent will 
be established this fall and winter 
when the Longines Symphonette, 
with Mishel Piastro at the helm, 
embarks on its first nationwide 
tour of the country, Beginning mid- 
October and continuing until 
Christmas, the Symphonette, com- 
prising 35 musicians, will play con- 
certs in 61 cities, marking the most 
extensive tour to date by a syrnph 
entourage. 

Unusual aspect of the tour, how- 
ever, is that it is being made by 
a strictly “trade a ggregation” hav- 
ing its rise in radio. (Longines 
program is heard Sunday after- 
noons on CBS and the broadcasts 
will be transcribed in advance of 
the tour. ) 

Whereas the recent Arturo Tos» 
canini-NBC Symphony tour of the 
nation was underwritten by ’RCA 
( parent company of 'NBC > to the 
tune of approximately $400,000, 
and whereas! the N. Y. Philhar- 
monic and Philadelphia Orchestra 
tours, have bee 1 ; “angeled” in the 
past by CBS, the Longines 61-city 
trek, will be made on its own mo- 
mentum and expects to show a 
profit, " r; 

In each of the 61 cities there, 
will be dealer tie-ups. and it’s an- 
ticipated that CBS will embark on 
some promotion of its own. 


Network prograrn toppers are re- 
porting that the male vocalist, al- 
ways a strong radio attraction, is 
showing increased audience popu- 
larity. And at the same tinie they 
find a bigger supply of promising 
young baritones and tenors avail- 
able and gathering large followings. 

NBC recently added a male part- 
ner, on! a rotating basis, for Mindy 
Carson, with Don Cherry currently 
holding down the berth. The web 
has worked up a list of 20-odd 
singers who have had at least one 
year of pro experience and whose 
auditions have shown “star calibre 
potential.” Among those on the 
NBC list are Eddy Fisher, who’s 
sung at Bill Miller's Riviera; Dick 
Edwards, who was on the Sammy 
Kaye show; and Denny Vaughn, a 
British import. 

Indie WNEW, N. Y., whose 
alumni include Frank Sinatra and 
some of the flourishing young 
talent such as Jimmy Blaine, Rus- 
sell Arms, Johnny Thompson, 
Johnny Andrews and Jeff Clark, at- 
tributes the renewed interest in 
crooners to the current sentimental 
surge the nation is witnessing. 

Disk jockey Jerry Marshall 
points to the popularity of tunes 
such as “Mona Lisa,” “Good Night, 
Irene,” “Sentimental Me,” “No 
Other Love,” ■'‘Our Very Own,” 
“Count Every Star” and “All My 
Love.” Marshall says the upbents 
in sentiment and 1 masculine "war- 
blers go together because the bal- 
lad has always been the inale forte, 
while tlie femmes take the. rhythm 
numbers. 

it’s also figured that the nostalgia 
trend, with its romantic slant, is 
whetting interest in manly tonsils. 
Additionally, the public is looking 
for fresh* original styles and the 
copyist — who “sounds like Crosby 
or Sinatra” — is out. Singers are 
now clicking when they come up 
with an individual delivery, all of 
which is aiding the fresher young 
chirpers. 


CBS in Public Service 


on 






Chicago, Sept. 5. 

“The Falcon,” Sunday afternoon 
whodunit sponsored on NBC by j 
Kraft, Is slated to get an interna- 
tional treatment next month. Food 
company, through the J. Walter 
Thompson agency, last week final- 
ized a deal with NBC and indie 
packager Bernard . Schubert to air 
a French version of the series on 
an eight-station Canadian network. 

Story lines of the mystery will 
parallel the American shows, but 
north-of-the-horder programs will 
use a French speaking cast. Show, 
set to bow the first week in Octo- 
ber, will originate at CKAS, Mon- 
treal, with Paul Langley producing. 
Deal was arranged by Si Mowatt of 
JWT. 


Hollywood, Sept. 5. 

Dedication of Forest Lawn’s 
Hall of Crucifixion Will be broad- 
cast by CBS Nov. 19 as an hour- 
long public service program. De- 
tails now being worked out include 
a TV simulcast locally and kine- 
scope for the CBS eastern web. 

Hall of. Crucifixion is a $250,000 
structure erected specifically by the 
memorial park to house a 195- 
feet-long-by 45-feet-hlgh painting 
depicting the life of Christ from 
Pal m Sunday through j the Resur- 
rection. Cemetery pitched for a 
public service airing because the 
public will be admitted free to 
view the painting and attend serv- 
ices in the 1,600-seat auditorium. 

Hilly Sanders, radio-video veepee 
of the Dan B. Miner ad agency, 
is mapping the program on a 
$10,000 budget and has already set 
Werner Janssen to conduct a sym- 
phony orch and Dr, Charles HirL 
U. of Southern California dean of 
choral music, to conduct a 300- 
voice choir from USC. and Holly- 
wood Presbyterian Church. Sanders 
also is trying to line up Ronald 
Colman to read from the Bible the 
passages depicted in the painting 
and Ezio Pinza and Kirsten Flag- 
stad to sing. Vincent McCopnor 
would script with Norman C<H’Wi n 
producing and directing. 


Wednesday, September 6, 1950 


RADIO 


23 


ANOTHER BIG 



LOOMING 




The Jean Muir case, with its much broader involvements, is 
a danger signal for radio and television. Fear alone is responsi- 
ble for bringing a,bout this present critical situation that could 
well choke AM and TV’s creative growth. 

- One little cry from a mere handful of self-appointed judges 
as to whom America should see and hear sends sponsors, 
agencies and the networks scurrying to their retreats. And iri 
their fear of the slightest taint of the ogre 6 i Red infiltration 
they bend over and fall into the hands of a more , invidious form 
of totalitarianism^— the self -»righteous patriots who individually 
take, it upon themselves to purge our country of those they 
designate as its enemies. 

Obviously these are critical times, when radio and television 
must exercise extreme caution as to what goes over the air- 
lanes. But we have better weapons than character assassina- 1 
tion and guilt by association. There are due processes of law 
and judgment. 

Granted that the networks have no choice, since the sponsor 
holds the reins. Put with due conviction, and with the re- 
alization of the future implications involved in the firing of 
Miss Muir from the ‘‘Aldrich Family’' TV show, it would seem* 
imperative that the networks put up a fight to preserve their 
own independence. 

On the heels of the General Foods incident, not only has radio 
and television put itself completely in the hands of those who 
control the, pursestrings, but it has paved the way for a wither- 
ing of this gigantic Industry by the stifling of its bloodstream 
— 4ts writers, its performers, its creators. 

Certainly it behooves the network chieftains to point this out 
.to the sponsors and the agencies; to show them that this scurry- 
ing to safety at the first hoot is playing into the hands of the 
self-anointed. Surely neither General Foods nor any' agency 
believes that the score of telephone calls (which inspired Miss 
Muir’s dismissal) could stop the sale of Jello. 

The onus is directly on the doorstep of the networks. They 
alone, by acting now, can stop the impending deluge. Thus far 
only one person has. been hurt since the panic has gripped 
Madison avenue. Only Jean ,Muir has been sacrificed without 
trial. Only fear could temporarily blind people who, at another 
time, would have ridiculed any Tittle Napoleons attempting to 
sit in judgment. 

A* few well placed telephone calls by network officialdom can 
prevent any further moves to open the floodgates for indiscrimi- 
nate purging, 


Helbros Due Back, 



Helbros, the watch company, 
which some months back swore off 
radio because of its experience 
with NBC and the Dick Powell 


4t 


Richard Diamond” Whodunit, ap- 
parently has had a change of heart 
and is ready to embrace the 
medium again. 

Company during the past week 
lias been making inquiries as to 
program and time availabilities 
prior to embarking to an extensive 
sales campaign. But not on NBC. 
Watch outfit reportedly is still 
miffed over the treatment it re- 
ceived a few months back when 
NBC terminated the Helbros spon- 
sorship of “Richard Diamond” and 
turned the show over to Rexall as 
the latter’s summer replacement 
for Phil Harris and Alice Faye. It 
also entailed a ' repayment to 
Helbros, which had splurged ex- 
tensively on dealer promotion tie- 

UpS; 



ON NBC CANCELLATIONS 

NBC last week sent cancellation 
notices t;o packagers of all its 
sustaining -shows as a protective 
measure, . predicated on the fact 
that its “Operation Tandem” and 
late sales of time may kick sonie of 
the non-commercial airei’s off the 
air. 

Cancellation letters provide for 
recapture of the shows and re- 
negotiation of the pacts. Only two 
sustainers which have definitely 
been renewed are the Charles 
Boyer “Adventures of Marcel” and 
“Tales of the Texas Rangers.” 
However, web is interested in 
keeping on several of the still-un- 
sponsored crop, including “Want- 
ed.” “Top Secret,” “Jack Lait’s 
Confidentially Yours,” “Dangerous 
Assignment,” “Night Beat.” “Di- 
mension X,” “Cloak and Dagger,” 
'‘Big Guy” and “Joe DiMaggio 
Show.” ‘ 


Sterling’s ABC Buy 

Sterling Drug has bought * five- 
minute news summary with John 
B. Kennedy on the full ABC web 
at 10:30 p.m. Monday through 
Thursday. 

: Show starts Sept. 18. Agency is 
Dancer-Fitzgerald-Sample. 



,000 Yearly 
In NBC 180(1601’ 
Plan-If It Goes 

NBC will grab itself a fast $6,- 
250,000 a year mid establish for it- 
self the biggest sales coup in re- 
cent radio annals if its “Operations 
Tandem” meets with sponsorship 
acceptance. That’s based on six 
participating bankrollers plunking 
down $1,250,000 each a year for 
a 39- week ride on five orie-hour 
shows on Sunday, Monday, Thurs- 
day, Friday and Saturday. Web 
execs say two clients are ready to 
go; it’s holding off until a mini- 
mum of three sign up. 

It’s unquestionably the most rad- 
ical sales concept (fathered by exec 
veepee Charles R; Denny) with the 
two-fold aim of (1) establishing a 
new program selling technique for 
tile radio of the future; and . (2) 
resolving in one fell swoop the 
problem of how to cope with a 
flock of top-priced personalities 
and packages that would other- 
wise have to be sustained. 

These include the upcoming Sun- 
day night 90-minute “Dream 
Show,” the first hour of which 
would be embraced in “Operations 
(Continued on page 36) 

Karloff’s ‘Mr. Moto’ 

NBC is auditioning Boris Kar- 
loff in a radio version of J. P. Mar- 
quand’s “Mr. Moto” stories. Radio 
rights are. owned by Ted Ashley- 
Ira Steiner. 

Another Ashley-Steiner package 
already auditioned by NBC is 
“Nero Wolfe;” with Sidney Green- 
street starred. 



Despite all the fears and appre^ 
hensions as to the ’50-’51 broad- 
casting season, which officially 
teed off over the ’Labor Day week- 
end with the return of many of the 
four webs’ major commercial en- 
tries, radio’s continued “bigness” 
for at least another season is now 

assured. While there are gaps in 
the nighttime programming sched- 
ules. nonetheless there is every 
indication that the ’50-’51 semester 
will translate itself into billings 
equally as profitable, if not more 
so, than the previous season. 

The heat is off and the broad- 
casters have plunged into their 
post-Labor Day chores with an en- 
thusiasm and optimism that haven’t 
existed iii many months*. It's pre- 
dicated on a variety of factors, 
Which break down as follows:. 

(1) Agency-client inquiries as to 
program availabilities" over the 
past couple of weeks give every in- 
dication that many of the current 
sustaining slots will soon be ob- 
sorbed by bankrollers. 

(2V Those initial jitters of clients 
holding themselves aloof because 
of the Korean war situation seem 
to have diminished to an appreci- 
able degree, so that the web sales 
boys . are no longer getting the 
brusheroo in making their pres- 
entations. 

TV Plus Factor 

(3) The TV upsurge, far from 
hurting radio, is becoming a plus 
factor. With all cream nighttime 
video availabilities gone, sponsors 
confronted with the TV SRO. are 
interested in converting the coin 
into radio program sponsorship. 

(4) The networks’ successful cam- 
paign in holding the line against 
advertiser pressure for reduction 
in rates has sparked the whole in- 
dustry'' oh the morale front— the 
clincher in establishing radio’s con- 
tinued impact as a coast-to-coast 
medium, with the slogan “nobody 
can laugh off 65,000,000 sets.” 

(5) A reappraisal of radio as a 
po ten t entertainment medium re- 
veals but few casualties among the 
major personalities who have dom- 
inated the talent rosters over the 
past 15 years. The Jack Bennys, 
Bing Crosbys, Bob Hopes, Edgar 
Bergens, Red Skeltons, Fibber & 
Mollys and Walter Winchells— - 
they’ll all be back under the same 
or new sponsor auspices. While a 
Burns&Allen (who are transferring 
their allegiance to TV), a Phil Har- 
ris or an Ed Gardner may have been 
caught in the transitional dilemma 
of some sponsors questioning the 
top prices asked, nonetheless It’s 
conceded that the percentage is 
small when contrasted with the 
initial fears that swep t t the radio 
industry. 



letting 

Eddie Cantor is of the opin-. 
ion t hat CBS apparently 
doesn’t believe he’s on NBC- 
TV, judging by a guest-shot 
casting call he had from Rob- 
ert Q. Lewis’ Office. He was 
wanted for the latter’s 9:19 
p.m. show next Sunday. • 

This is the same day that 
Cantor kicks off his video 
series on NBC, Sundays 8-9. 



While it’s all pretty much water 
over the dam nm, there has been 
considerable speculation around 
CBS as to what transpired between 
the web’s - ace commentator Ed 
Murrow and his boss, Bill Paley, 
upon Murrow’s recent return from 
Korea. » • 0 

This much i? known, that the 
news analyst, who is also on the 
board of directors of the network, 
did confront Paley upon checking 
in at headquarters. He was seek- 
ing some explanation as to why 
the CBS newt department had 
been ordered to kill a special dis- 
patch Murrow had sent in from 
Korea only a few days prior to his 
return home in which the analyst, 
in a sum-up of the war situation, 
reportedly laid it ^on the line in 
criticizing U. S. tactical operations, 
None of it got on the air. 

In the two-week interval between 
his return from Korea arid resum- 
ing his cross-the-bdard commen- 
tary on Monday (3T Murrow has 
been “cooling off” at his country 
home in Pawling, N. Y. 


Some of the members of the 
NBC Syriiphony Orchestra say that 
Arturo Toscanini, Currently in 
Italy, practically blew his top when 
word reached him that he and the 
symph were beirig dispossessed 
from Studio 8-H in Radio City and 
that the web had negotiated d 
deal whereby the Toscanini con- 
certs would henceforth emanate 
from Carnegie Hall, N. Y. And 
there’s a strong likelihood there 
won’t be an invited audience ior 
the concerts. : 

NBC has decided to convert 8-H 
into a television studib. Tosca- 
nini had a particular preference 
for it because of the backstage 
dressing-room facilities, private* 
studio and other comforts. The 
fact that use of Carnegie Hall will 
entail continuous stair climbing if 
alsore ported to annoy the maestro/ 
Meanwhile, the web is awaiting 
Toscanini’s reaction to the plan to 
slot the NBC symph in the Mon- 
day night 10 to 11 slot as part of 
the “Tandehi” sales formula where- 
by six participating sponsors would 
be plugged on one-hour shows five 
nights a week. It poses e multiplic- 
ity of problems insofar as the ma« 
estro is concerned. ’ 

How, some are asking, would he 
react to following the Telephone 
Hour and Firestone programs? 
What possible solution could be 
reached in spotting six commer- 
cials on a program that could in- 
clude a 45-minute symphony? it’s 
considered hardly conceivable that 
Toscanipi would tolerate a plug 
between movements of a symphony. 
Ancl the type of commercials would 
obviously also be a factor in get- 
ting. an okay fronj the fastidious 
conductor. 



r 


NBC has two new vice-presi- 
dents. They are James M. Gaines, 
director of the web’s owned-and- 
operated stations, and Edward D. 
Madden, who was one of the Booz, 
Allen & Hamilton offspring, who 

came In as assistant to the presi- 
dent arid now moves into television 
in charge of sales operations, 

The veepee chevrons were con- 
ferred at last Friday’s (1) meeting 
of the NBC board of directors. 

The Gaines v.p. had long been 
anticipated, with practically the 
whole web personnel pulling for 
the appointment. Gaines formerly 
headed the WNBC operation in 
N. Y.» moving into the owned-and- 
operated setup in 1947. He joined 
the network in 1942. 

Madden joined the web last Feb- 
ruary after 12 years with McCann- 
Erickson and later a$ -exec veepee 
of the American Newspaper Ad- 
vertising Network. 


Shows Air In Absentia’ 
Causing Some Confusion 

’ Although the practice of Ar- 
thur Godfrey -teeing off his M6n- 
day night “Talent Scouts” simul- 
cast “in absentia” provoked con- 
fusion and some criticism when 
initially inaugurated last year, the 
same situation prevails this sea- 
son. The first four stanzas of the 
Lipton Tea-sponsored show are 
rolling while Godfrey is still va- 
cationing, with first two already 
aired. 

! Young & "RubicamV agency on 
the CBS program, is getting in a 
quickie announcement weekly that 
the show is transcribed, but to all 
intents and purposes the radio 
listener is under the impression 
it's a live presentation. It’s more 
apparent, however, on the video 
version, since the first four have 
been kinescoped; Godfrey plat- 
tered the radio installments and 
“kinriied” the TV counterpart 
prior to leaving on His vacation. 


tosee Will Solo It At 

WINS, Murphy to Cincy 

WINS, N. Y.; which has been 
under the co-management of Wil- 
mot H. Losee and Kieran T. Mur- 
phy since the death of Eldon Park 
last December, will now be man- 
aged by Losee, Murphy moves to 
Cincinnati to become comptroller 
of Crosley Broadcasting Corp., 
which owns WINS. 

Murphy takes the post vacated 
by W. A. Smith; who becomes 
comptroller of the Crosley Divi- 
sion of the AVCO Manufacturing 
Corp. Crpsley Broadcasting' oper- 
ates WLW, Cincy, in addition to 
WINS and TV stations in Cincy, 
Columbus and Dayton. Both Mur- 
phy and Losee have been with 
WINS for the past seven years. 



Now that the Catholic Diocese 
has given NBC the okay to move 
the “Catholic Hour” Sunday show 
to 2 p.m„ after many years as 4 
6 p.m. fixture, the network is em- 
barking on a fishing expedition in 
the hopes of luring over one of the 
Sunday afternoon Mutual commer- 
cials. Specifically, NBC has de* 
signs on MBS’ “Martin Kane,’* 
since slotting it-at 6 o’clock would 
spark the web’s sequence Of adven* 
ture-crime programs. NBC also 
cast envious eyes at “True Detec* 
tive Mysteries,” but Williamson 
Candy came through with a 52* 
week renewal on Mutual. ' 

Both NBC and CBS have been try- 
ing for some time to nibble away 
at Mutual’s strong-pulling Sunday 
afternoon attractions, CBS being, 
already successful in weaning away 
“Hopalong Cassidy,” 

Shift of “Catholic Hour” to 3 
p.m. leaves the web’s “NBC 
Theatre” temporarily without * 
berth. Hour long show, which 
dramatizes the world’s great liter- 
ary classics (with a home study 
angle in cooperation with five uni- 
versities), will probably get a late 
evening spot or go into the Satur- 
day afternoon lineup. 

Network feels that the literary 
epics couldn’t be scissored down to 
a 30-minute format 
A five - minute news summary 
will be aired at .2:30 p.m., fol- 
lowed by 25 minutes of “Voices 
and Events.” 


Kurie in S&M Research 
Post; Brown Personnel Set 

John F,. Kurie has joined the 
Sherman & Marquette agency as 
research director, replacing Sam- 
uel E, Gill, who left along with 
Carl. S: Brown, veepee in charge 
of the N. Y. office. Latter has 
opened his own agency: 

Other key personnel of ’the 
Brown agency, also from S&M, are 
Christine Petrino, space - time 
buyer; Bernard J. Hanneken, copy 
supervisor; Gaetano Penna, art 
director; Robert F, Kirby, produo 
tion manager; and Mickey Hart* 
office manager. j , 



Wednesday, September 6, 1950 








After a few seasons of economies in which the networks, spon- 
sors and agencies practically abstained from, those “pre-premiere’* 
cocktail. sorties which reached their- height during the. free-spend- 
ing World War II era, the freeloading fraternity is whetting its 
lips in anticipation of a major comeback. 

For example, there are five major events oil the Dry Martini- 
Manhattan Circuit this week which appears to be par for the 
course for the next few Weeks. . On Sunday (10) Colgate is tossing 
a super cocktailery following the premiere of its Sunday night TV 
show on NBC; yesterday (Tues.) Eddie Cantor, star of the Initial 
Colgate presentation, -tossed his own private press party. Also 
on the agenda is the cocktail party and dinner being bankrolled 
by the Bendi* Home Appliance tonight (Wed.) at the Savoy Plaza 
marking the preem of its “Chance of a Lifetime Show” on ABC. 
The Peter Paul Candy has a drinks-on-th e-house bio woff for its 
NBC “Hank McCue Show,” and NBC wants the press for cocktails 
tonight (Wed.) to meet: Gordon MacRae in connection with “Rail- 
road Hour” bally. 



Membership meeting of the Ra- 
dio Writers Guild at the Hotel As- 
tor, N; Y., tonight (Wed) promises 
to be a hot affair. It Will discuss 
charges by WelboUnr Kelley and 
Daisy Amoury that the RWG’s 
Eastern Region Council letter cen- 
suring Kelley for “invoking politi- 
cal or religious issues in such a 
way as to weaken or divide his 
union”, contains “half-truths” and 
“lies,” 

Fracas stems from a meeting of 
the council in July when Kelley 
proposed a resolution supporting 
the U. S’. Government in the 
Korean crisis and urging forma- 
tion of a body similar to the Writ- 
ers War Board of World War II. 
When the council tabled his reso- 
lution. Kelley submitted another 
resolution (declaring he would 
vote against it) which would have 
put the group on record as having 
been anti-U. S. That was voted 
down. Kelley thereupon resigned 
his post as alternate member of 
the council, saying he did not want 
to be associated with a body that 
would neither vote for or against 
the Government. 

In a letter explaining hjs resig- 
nation, Kelley charged that mem- 
bers of the council had- attacked 
the Catholic Church and the Amer- 
ican Legion, “simply because they 
are attacking Communism.” 

Political Implications? 

In reply, some council members 
say that the Kelley resolution 
was tabled because it was “politi- 
cal.” “outside the purview of the 
RWG constitution” and that only 
six members were present at the 
meeting. Denying it made attacks 
on the Legion and the Catholic 
Church, the council’s letter says 
“certain Catholic and Legion pub- 
lications were cited for using 
smear material.” This reportedly 
refers to articles in the Sign and 
Catholic Digest listing alleged 
Communists in radio and tele., 
Some council members feel the 
articles help to spread “blacklist- 
ing” in the Industry. 

A letter by Kelley and Miss 
Amoury,. attacking the council 
statement* comments: “You prob- 
(Continued on page 36) 




Mulled as ABC Showcase 

Joe Franklin, whose antique rec- 
ord show is now heard from 6:30-7 
a. m. arid 11:30-11:55 p.m. daily on 
WJZ, N. Y., is being mulled for a 
once- weekly evening hour stanza 
on the ABC net. Reason is that 
Franklin’s nostalgia specialty has 
been copied by a large, number of 
stations, many which have written 
him for advice on starting oldtime 
disk airers. 

The new hour show will include 
a segment of “I Knew Him Well,” 
interviews with friends of the “late 
greats*'; diskographies of stars; 
contests for the ideal vaudeville 
bills, which will be recreated, with 
records, and a coast-to-coast record 
hunt contest for rare recordings. 

Pointing up the nostalgia trend, 
WJZ may incept a. stanza with DaVe 
Elman, who once produced “Hobby 
Lobby.” Elman would spin old 
disks; gabbing on what the .partic- 
ular in' 1 




to 



Chicago, Sept. 5. 

“Cliff Johnson. Family,” cross* 
the-bpai’d family airer carried on 
WBBM for the past three years 
shifts to WGN, Monday (li). 
Show, - a remote from the Johnson 
home in Oak Park and featuring 
Cliff Johnson, his wife and four 
daughters, goes into the 8:15 to 
8:45 a:m. period on WGN. 

Sold in quarterrhour segments, 
three sponsors have been lined up 
to date. They are: Illinois Meat 
Co. ( Broadcast Brand Foods) ; 
Beechnut Products ■ (coffee and 
baby food ) , and Jay’s Potato Chips. 



Friday Roost In 




Friday night’s the loneliest night 
in the week for CBS and NBC, 
neither of which now h^s a spon- 
sor between 8 and 10 p.m. On the 
other hand, it’s the strongest night 
on the ABC schedule, the web sit- 
ting pretty with a solidly sold line- 
up from 7:30 to 11 p.m. 

CBS’ list of sustainers starts with 
“Philip Marlowe” at 8, “Up for 
Parole” at 8:30 and “Songs for 
Sale” at 9. At 10 p.m.. Phillips 
Petroleum has a regional hookup 
on 63 stations. 

NBC currently has “Cloak and 
Dagger” at 8, an opening at 8:30 
and Dimension X” (which General 
Mills will soon give up) at 9. 
Jack Lait’s “Confidentially Yours” 
is in at 9:30. Pabst’s “Life of 
Riley” thereby finds itself in some- 
thing of an island position. How- 
ever, the web hopes to correct the 
situation by skedding a strong hour 
block from its “Operation Tandem” 
shows ahead of “Riley.” 

ABC’s sponsored lineup, holding 
over from last year, leads with 
“Lone Ranger” at 7: 30 and follows j 
with “Fatman,” “This is Your FBI,” 
“The Sheriff,”' “Champion Roll • 
Call” and winds with the Gillette 
fightcasts at 10 p.m. Mutual has 
one sponsored show, a Johns^an- 
ville newscast, within the 8-10 p.m. 
hours. ' 


The Bulova Watch Co', via the 
Milton Biow agency, will officially 
tee off on Sept. .1 5 its most ambi- 
tious radio-television spot cam- 
paign to date. At a $50,000 produc- 
tion cost, it has wrapped up a 
probable $1,000,000 parlay of top 
name talent that will sell Bulova 
watches on AM and TV — strictly 
for free. 

It’s regarded as the most unusual 
plug-for-plug coup ever engineered 
by an advertiser on either radio or 
television. The Bulova watchmak- 
ers have approximately appnopri- 
ated a $5,000,000 budget to grab off 
cream time segments on AM and 
TV for the 20-second sales spiels 
done by practically all the top per- 
sonalities on the NBC and CBS 
kilocycles with the talqnt plugging 
the timepiece and trailerizing their 
own shows. (Blow has pacted for 
what is actually $3,000,000 of radio 
spot time on the two webs ; and 
about $1,500,000 for TV spots, 
grabbing itself practically all the 
cream station-break franchises.) 

The Bulova “salesmen” on TV 
will include Grouch o Marx, Ed 
Wynn, Eddie Cantor, Ed Sullivan, 
Faye Emerson, Ken Murray (who 
has already inaugurated the plug- 
for-plug technique on , a ; test run 
basis), Alan Young, Ralph Ed- 
wards, Ted Mack, Bill Gargan, 
Maggi McNellis, Abe Burrows, 
Henny Youngman, Garry Moore, 
Perry Como, and the Lucky Pup 
and Howdy Doody characteriza- 
tions. In addition, the Philco, 
“Studio One” and Ford dramatic 
stanzas have effected tie-ins, with 
Tony Miner doing the “Studio 
One” spiel and guest stars on Ford 
arid Philco to be utilized 

What! No Godfrey? 

On radio, Bob Hope, Fibber Ac 
Molly, Groucho Marx, Dennis Day 
and Judy Canova will make the 20- 
second Bulova endorsement on be- 
half of their NBC shows, while 
Jack Benny, .• Bing Crosby, Marie 
Wilson and Amos ’n’ Andy will get 
their CBS shows plugged in ex- 
change for the quickie Bulova 
pitch. (Biow was anxious to work 
Arthur Godfrey into the deal, but 
it hit a stalemate, since CBS is 
planning its own Godfrey Subsid- 
iaries, which will include a Godfrey 
wrist wacth. Ditto in the case of 
CBS’ Gene Autry, who already 
markets a timepiece.) 

As an entirely separate adjunct, 
the Biow agency has set Van Hef- 
lin, Celeste Holm, Joan Caufield, 
Lloyd Nolan, and Janet Blair from 
the ranks of films to plug Bulova 
on TV. In their case, the payoff is 
a $750 television receiver, plus of 
course the intergrated plugging of 
their most recent or upcoming 
picture. 

No coin changes hands. That 
goes for the radio-TV personalities, 
as well. All they get is a Bulova 

(Continued on page 36) 


Miles Nixes ‘Ladies Fair’ ; 
Mutual to Co-op Strip 

Miles Laboratories has cancelled 
out on its “Ladies; Fair” Mutual 
strip, effective Sept. 29. Sponsor 
had backed the show, via Wade 
agency, since Feb. 6. 

,MBS will launch its “Ladies 
Fjtir,” heard cross-the-board at 2- 
2*30 p.m , as a co-op on Oct. 2. 
Web wants to help its affiliates 
latch on to some of the 3,200 local 
sponsors who backed its “Game of 
the Day” ballcasts, which will be 
bowing out with the end of the 
diamond season. 

. ABC is mulling a cooperative j 
^basl# f dr its “Thin Man.” i '« -i * 9 « 


ABC BUSY PACKAGING; 
SAT. ‘CAME NIGHT SET 

ABC is auditioning “The Big 
Game,” a half-hour audience partic- 
ipationer on baseball which will 
be emceed by Mel Allen and Russ 
Hodges. A Larry Elliott package, 
it's being designed for simulcasting. 

ABC program chief Leonard 
Reeg has also waxed comedian Ben- 
ny Rubin for a projected disk 
jockey stint to go cross-the-board 
in a late afternoon slot. Idea is for 
Rubin, now residing in Chicago, to 
tap the Windy City talent pool for 
guests. 

Reeg has also settled details on 
the web’s Saturday evening “Game 
Night,” designed as a block in 
which parties at home can partici- 
pate. It kicks off Sept. 16 at 7:30 
p.m, with “Buzz Adlam’s Play 
Room, 0 fallowed by Bud Collyer in 
“Shoot the Moon,” Jimmy Blaine, 
singer On “Stop the Music,” will be 
starred in “Marry Go Round” at 
8:30 and Gypsy Rose Lee in “What 
Makes You Tick?” goes at 9:30 p.m. 

Block will be followed by music 
with a remote from the Shamrock 
hotel, Houston, at ,10, and “Dixie- 
land $Jahibake J j\:gt i , i i >r « 1 6 




Emerson’s 

Emerson Radio reported a con- 
solidated net profit this week of 
$3,559,800 for the 39 weeks ended 
Aug. 5, as compared with $2,256,- 
718 for the same period last year. 

This year’s earnings are equal 
to $2 .02 per share, as compared to 
$1.28 per share for the same pe- 
riod in 1949, 



Station breaks are agitating the 
AM and TV fraternity; In radio the 
importance of the quickie commer- 
cials is pointed up by a new plan 
being readied by WOR, N. Y., 
which expand its evening breaks 
from 15 to 20 seconds. The Mutual 
key feels it will thereby give bank- 
rollers more sales punch, permit- 
ting about 45 words of copy instead 
of 35. 

Pressure for longer breaks has 
been coming from the advertisers, 
who have been using more of the 
spots. WOR is not contemplating 
any rate increases for the 20-second 
breaks. 

An old argument in radio, that 
the users of station breaks are get- 
ting a cheap ride on the heavy 
expenditures of the sponsors who 
biiy the programs around them, is 
now being projected into video. As 
tele costs mount, the bankrollers 
feel their large production riuts are 
garnering large audiences for those 
outfits which use minute and even 
shorter spots. 

“Why should we build expensive 
shows,” these backers ask, “when 
someone is* able to get a big audi- 
ence with his 20-, 30- or 60-second 
commercials?” Some agencies are. 
thinking it may be wise for these 
spenders to buy up the breaks pre- 
ceding and following their shows 
on the local outlets. 

What has been aggravating the 
situation on tele is that many sta- 
tions are double-spotting, or fol- 
lowing a one-minute spot with a 
Station identification message that 


+ ; Relationship between the nefa 
works and ad agencies seems to 
be undergoing an upheaval. On 
the one hand, it appears, they art 
now perking iri program produc- 
tion, both in AM and TV, in an 
attempt to get back some of the 
control over show building lost in 
recent years to the webs. On the ^ 
other hand, the nets are frequent- 
ly bypassing the agencies and ped- 
dl in g their programs direct to* . the 
sponsors. 

Instrumental in changing the 
agency attitude, it’s argued, are inr 
stances such as the case of Mag- 
navox and the Maxon agency. Lat- 
ter surrendered the Magnavox 
billings on a CBS-TV show after 
the sponsor claimed it shouldn't 
pay commission on an airer which ( 
that agency didn’t produce. Mag-' 
navox has since gone to Kenyon 
& Eckhardt to produce the stanza 
(which alternates with the K&E 
produced “Ford Theatre”). Inci- 
dentally, K&E will probably han- 
dle the commercials even though 
it has the competitive Sylvania TV 
set account. ' 

K&E has expanded its produc- 
tion staff, setting up two separate 
units for the Ford and Magnavox 
series, and has drawn heavily from 
CBS personnel and to a lesser ex- 
tent from NBC. Other agencies, 
similarly expanding their produc- 
tion, are raiding the network per- 
sonnel precincts. 

Some agency toppers figure that 
in many cases the networks can 
package a show that will be eco- 
nomical. However, in other in- 
stances they consider themselves 
able to put on a stanza for less 
than the network would charge, 
absorbing part of the costs by us- 
ing their own personnel. Some 
of this, of course, comes out of the 
radio-teevee department’s share of 
the 15% commission. 

BBD&O’s inserting of “Charlie 
Wild, Private Eye” into the Sun- 
day 5:30 p.m. slot on NBC for 
Wildroot is reportedly a move to 
cut network influence. Network 
had pitched “Cloak and Dagger,” 
a Lou Cowan package which it has 
been sustaining. Agency, how- 
ever, pulled a switch and built a 
new stanza about which the web’s 
programmers know little: 

On the other phase— -network by- 
passing of agencies^-both sides art 
reluctant to talk. However, sev- 
eral recent sales were made direct- 
ly, For some time, since AM be- 
gan feeling the pinch, the chains* 
top salesmen (including the brass) 
have been making it policy to pay 
calls on clients and potential cli- 


includes a commercial. When there 

are hitchhike announcements at the ! ents in swings around the country, 
end of one show, a spot, a cornmer- ' 
cial station identification tag and 
a pitch at the start of the next pro- 
gram , viewers are confronted with 
f o u r different manufacturer’s 
names in a row. v. 

Defenders of spot, however, 
claim that they are paying high 
rates compared with what program 
users pay, that they don’t get some 


Some key network sales execs 

(Continued on page 38) 

... 

WMCA’s Sports Accent, 
Sells ND Grid Series 

WMCA, N. Y., as part of its 
of the advantages of sponsoring a j to build a year-round sport 3 
program, such as identification i absence and to hold its N. 
with a stanza and ability to mer« ! G^nts baseball audience, will air 


chandize . it. Rates for spots, they 
point out, are steadily skyrocketing 


the entire series of Notre Paine 
grid gairies, starting the same week 


network shows. 


on TV, Reason why there are so i ^at diamond broadcasts end. The 
many spots, they say, is that many , nln f %?.* u , r £ ay a fternoon games 
local stations find them a more ; the fighting Irish Will be spon- 
lucrative source of revenue than ; by General Electric Supply 

Corp. for GE Television arid Hot- 
point Appliances. 

Series, marking the first time 

Three New Shows Set I that the complete nd card has 

r a <|tm cji • y ' been aired in N. Y., wil be heavily 

f Of AJt>V S Ulu ptnp j promoted via fullpage newspaper 

ABC program veepee Leonard 
Reeg has set three new shows for 
the 5-6 p.m. “kid strip,” starting 


ads and weekly ads op sports 
pages. In addition to football,’ 
WMCA is airing sports dope ’four ’ 
Sept. 11." “Jimmy Wakely Show,” j times daily: roundups at 7:30 a.m. 
a Hollywood transcriber, takes the < and 11:05 p.m., racing results at 
5 p.m. slot. In the 5:30 period 6:30 p.m. and Giant Jottings 


“Space Patrol” will be aired Mon- 
days and Fridays and “Blackhawk,” 
based on A comic book, will be 


(backed by the N. Y. Giants 52 
weeks a year) at 6:45 p.m. 

Since day after Korea fighting 


heard . Wednesdays. “Superman” t broke, indie has added to its N, Y. 
has the Tuesday and Thursday seg- j Herald Tribune news bulletins on 


ments. 


the hour with Associated Press 


Starting Sept, 18, Mars* new headlines on the half-hour. It Is 
show, “Falstaff’s Fables,” takes the also rebroadcasting United N&r 
l5;5&i£m. segment cross-the-board. itiona sessions nightly at 10:‘45 tong 


28 


TELEVISION 


Wednesday, September 6, 1950 







Washington, Sept. 5. 

Now that the FCC has decided 
affirmatively for color television 
hut has deferred final standards to 

give industry a three-months pe- 
riod to show something better than 

the CBS system, the big question 
here is what will the manufactur- 
ers do. For it is up to them to 
determine whether we shall have 
color now or wait from six months 
to a year with no one knows how 
much dislocation in the . receiver 
market 

In proposing that manufacturers 
build in compatibility (for CBS 
color ) in all new sets, the Com- 
mission has given the industry a 
taste of the kind of problem the 
agency itself has been wrestling 
with for the last three months: how 
to keep the door open for further 
developments and at the, same time 
protect new receiver owners 
against obsolescense* ; 

The manufacturers are given a 
choice (which is a nice way of say- 
ing the FCC is holding a club over 
them) of putting in adaptors or 
else. And the “else'’ is CBS color 
immediately. It is a tough ques- 
tion and one that is not likely to 
be decided overnight (FCC gives 
until Sept. 29 for an answer), since 
the - industry is given only three 
months to produce a better system 
than Columbia’s, and to deliver to 
the Commission in that time “rep- 
resentative receiver apparatus" 
which can get color transmissions 
from a Commercial station. Judg- 
ing from the time that it has taken 
new color systems to develop to 
the apparatus stage, even under 
the impetus of the Commission 
hearings, it would be considered 
phenomenal if *a better system than 
that of CBS (which has been 10 
years in development) can be dem- 
onstrated by the Dec. 5 deadline. 
May Mull 'Johnny-Cqme-Latelies’ 

The manufacturers, therefore, 
will have to consider whether the 
“frequency interlace" system of 
General Electric Co., the new “Uni- 
plex” system of Color Television, 
Inc., or possibly a more acceptable 
R£A system have potentialities 
worth waiting for and justifying 
the risk of unduly prolonging the 
effect on the market which a de- 
lay' in color standardization can be 
expected to have. 

As Comr. Rose! Hyde observed 
In his dissenting opinion in which 

( Continued on page 38) 




Cincinnati, Sept. 5. 

WLW-T extension of its fall pro- 
gramming to 16V4 hours on week- 
days, starting at 7:30 a.m., was in- 
augurated this week. 

WCPO-TV tops local video opera- 
tions with a weekday schedule from 
6 a.m. to 12:30 a,m. WKRC-TV is 
now on the air from 2:55 p.m. to 
11:30 p.m. 

In making the time stretch, 
WLW-T moved back downtown to 
Crosley Square / from its hilltop 
studios, called “Mt. Olympus." 
Plans are to have all radio and TV 
shows originate in the spacious 
downtown studios by mid-October: 

Operational departments, includ- 
ing Short Wave Propagation and 
Engineering Research, ’Will be 
moved from Crosley Square to the 
smaller of two studios . at Mt. 
Olympus. The big studio, there will 
be held in reserve for program 
originations. 


Daytime TV Seen in Need 
Of Camouflage to Ease 









B’casters, Film Owners 
Assure NAB Committee 

Washington, Sept. 5. 
National Assn, of Broadcasters 
was told last Friday (1) that broad- 
casters would have little to fear 
from theatre television. Robert H. 
O’Brien, secretary-treasurer of 
United Paramount Theatres, and 
Nathan Hal pern, TV committee 
chairman of Theatre Owners of 
America, assured NAB that theatre 
video would be “supplemental to, 
rather than competitive" to broad- 
cast video. The two appeared be- 
fore NAB’s television committee, 
which met here to consider an ex- 
tensive agenda on : TV matters. 

A subcommittee to keep contact 
with the theatre operators was ap- 
pointed by Robert D. SwCzey of 
WDSU-TV , New Orleans, chairman 
of the NAB TV committee. Ted 
Cott, general manager of the NBC 
New York flagship stations, was 
named chairman of the subcommit- 
tee. Other subcommittee members 
named, were Victor Sholis of 
WHAS-TV, Louisiville. and Charles 
A. Batson, director of NAB’s TV 
department. 

The broadcasters committee also 
recommended that NAB retain a 
television adviser, preferably some- 
one prominent in the sports field, 
to assist in questions regarding 
sports rights for TV stations. 

In other actions, the committee 
recommended that NAB institute a 
campaign to bring producers of TV 
film into the association as associate 
members, establish machinery to 
advise with public agencies on 
preparation of material for use on 
television In promoting public in- 


Washington, Sept. 5. 

One of the big surprises of the 
FCC color decision involves the 
application of a gimmick developed 
by the Commission’s chief engi- 
neer, Curtis Plummer, It is known 
as bracket standards, and provides 
for the installation of a flexible 
adaptor in new TV receivers which 
permits the set owner to adjust his 
set whatever color system is trans- 
mitted. It is, in effect, compatibili- 
ty insurance to the set owner, in 
that he is guaranteed a black and 
white picture regardless of which 
color system is standardized. 

Plummer’s concept is an exten- 
sion of an automatic adaptor de- 
veloped by another FCC engineer, 
Edward W. Chapin, chief of the 
Commission’s laboratory division. 
The Chapin invention, which has 
been patented by the U.S. Govern- 
ment, automatically brings in CBS 
color broadcasts in, black and white 
by merely tuning to the station 
carrying the color broadcasts. The 
Plummer system goes further in 
that it encompasses other possible 
standards for color or monochrome 
which might be standardized. 

The employment of bracket; 
standards, which manufacturers 
are requested to adopt (or else 
CBS color standards will be impos- 
ed immediately), thus holds the 
line on possible incompatibility at 
the approximately 7,000,000 sets 
now in use and permits FCC to 
search for further developments in 

(Continued on page 34) 


Paytime television grooved for 
the housewife audience must halve 
its entertainment camouflaged if its 
to be successful, according to Dr. 
Ernest Dichter, psychological con- 
sultant to some of the country’s 
top advertisers. Based on results 
of a study just completed of the po- 
tential audience for daytime TV 
among women, Dr. Dichter declared 
that the femmes also won’t go 
for strictly domestic material, such 
as cooking and shopping hints. Best 
way to reach this audience, conse- 
quently, is “middle Voad" program- 
ming, he said* 

According to the psychologist, 
the majority of women interviewed 
rejected pure entertainment pro- 
grams through fear of temptation 
to watch TV and so lose the time 
from their household chores; 
through “guilt feelings" If their 
work is not finished, and through 
fear they may lose their recogni- 
tion as “sacrificing housewives/* 
This latter factor prover especially 
interesting, Dr. Dichter said, add- 
ing: . 

“Housewives stressed the so-call- 
ed unawareness by other member 
of the family of the strenuous, 
time-consuming work that their 
household duties entail. They re- 
vealed the desire to be seen and 
appreciated as the ‘sacrificing’ 
housewife, rather than one who has 
time for leisure.. Thus, many 
women subtly expressed fears that 
if they permitted themselves to en- 
joy daytime TV, /full recognition 
and sympathy' of’ their * roles as 
'sacrificing’ housewives would be 
threatened." 

Daytime TV, Dr. Dichter con- 
cluded, must find “ways and means 
to induct women to shop and cook 
and rest at different hours than 
they do at present. It will have 
to learn what woman want in the 
way of camouflaged entertainment 
and how the ideas and facts they 
teach can act as sufficient appeal 
to provide the moral basis for over- 
coming feelings of guilt over hav- 
ing switched on TV during the 
day 


fl 




Washington, £ept. 5. 

Here’s what the FCC color video decision means: 

1. Color cannot come before Oct. 1* but is almost certain to come 
between six months and a year. 

2. Present receivers will require installation of adaptors to get 
color programs in monochrome if CBS system, which Commission 
proposes to commercialize, is adopted.’ 

3. Existing set owners will continue to get current programs for 
some time. CBS would add 20 hours per week of color broadcasts 
which would necessitate installation of an adaptor to get pictures 
in black and white or a converter to get pictures in color. These 
devices are expected to be on the market shortly after CBS color 
standards are finalized. 

4. If manufacturers agree to new “bracket standards," prospec- 
tive purchasers can buy biack and . white sets in about 70 days 
which will be color programs in black and white whichever qf the 
systems now proposed is adopted, 

5. if manufacturers do not agree within 30 days to the “bracket 
standards," Commission will issue a final decision “forthwith" 
adopting CBS color standards. In that case, new color receivers, 
converters and adaptors would be on the market within a few 
months. 

• ■ • ■ . . . M 

6. Acceptance of “bracket standards" (involving installation of 
flexible adaptors at the factory in new sets to provide compatibility 
for CBS color) will be followed by proposed decision favoring CBS 
but keeping door open: for new systems providing they can be 
demonstrated by Dec. 1 of this year. In the meantime, CBS, will 
be helped by FCC to obtain tri-color tube for its system. 

7. If no other system meets the criteria (another system as good 
or better than CBS’) laid down by FCC. Commission will adopt final 
standards for CBS color. Demonstration by CBS, showing that the 
tri-color tube can be used in place of the filter wheel, would 
strengthen the Commission's decision to adopt the Columbia sys- 
tem.- ■; 



Rad’s Video Test 

Rad household detergent is start- 
ing a test video campaign in New 
York with participations on 
WABD’s “Your Television Shop, 
per," WPIX’s “Gail and Bill" and 
WATV’s “Homemaker’s Guide.’’ 


x-- t . ■ 

t With eight new television dra- 
matic shows scheduled for launch- 
ing this fall expected to raise com- 
petition for story properties to a 
new peak, producers have been set- 
ting their shows farther in advance 
than ever before. NBC’s Fred Coe, 
producer of “Philco TV Play- 
house," for example, started six 
weeks ago to line up his properties 


Cleaner has been sold heretofore , ...... ^ . ... . 

chiefly through ~ dblnonslratorS f now has them set for the first 


working in groceries and super- 
markets. 



Washington, Sept. 5, 
With the color question tenta- 


11 programs. Robert Montgomery, 
producer of NBC’s “Lucky Strike 
Theatre," similarly has been work- 
ing on the problem for the last 
month or so and has succeeded in 
lining up seven programs. 

Montgomery, whose show will al- 
ternate Monday nights at 9:30 with 
the Bernard Schubert series of op- 
erettas, again will stick almost ex- 
clusively to adaptations of proper- 
ties previously produced in films. 

1 As a result, his program again will, 
not be kinescoped, since the ques- 
tion of whether kinescoping vio- 
lates a Hollywood studio’s film 
rights has not been settled. Mont- 
gomery said he may also do an 


tively scttleft, the FCC will c0m .; original story. from time to time, 

-'but has none lr mind yet. 


RASH; 


Television’s large bonus audi- 
ence is twice as big for sports pro- 
grams as it is for non-sports pro- 
grams, according to a study made 
in the New York area by The 
Pulse, Inc., for WOR-TV, N. Y. 


mence hearings on Oct. 2 look- 
ing toward ending the TV freeze. 
Commission Chairman Wayne Coy 
has estimat e d that the freeze 
might be lifted by the end of the 
year and that processing of appli- 
cations for new TV stations may 
start early in 195i. 

Testimony will be taken at the 
fall hearings on allocation of chan- 


The survey, which counted noses , nels in the VHF and UHF bands, 


Philadelphia, Sept. 5. 

This city’s mounting sports con- 
sciousness, with the Phillies leading 
the National League in baseball 
and . the champion Philadelhia 
Eagles bowling over grid opposition 
in the Mid West and Far West, is 
being reflected in the air with a 
rash of sports programs. 

Latest addition is the “The 
Eagle’s Nest," weekly half-hour TV 
program covering pro grid activi- 
ties. Don Kellett, former . Univer- 
sity* of Pennsylvania halfback and 
coach and now administrative as- 
sistant at the Philadelphia Inquirer 
stations (WFIL-TV and WFIL), will 
conduct the show which kicks off 
tonight (Tues.) at 7:30. C. Schmidt 
& Sons; Inc., brewers, are picking 
up tjie tab and the agency is. A1 
Paiil Lefton. 

Kellett and guests will discuss 
football in general and the Eagles 
in particular, diagram plays and 
explain players assignments. 
Guests at opener will include Bert . 
Bell, commissioner of the National 
Football League; James Clark, 
president 


of viewers who don’t own sets and 
TV owners who watch, away from 
their own homes, found that on 
the average summer day 732,400 
persons in the area are bonus 
viewers. When the bonus group 
was at its peak, in the 8-11 p.m. 
hours, the extra viewers averaged 
210,200 persons per: quarter-hour 
and added 16,4% to the regular 
audience. Front noon to midnight 
they represented an additional 
12.8% oyer those viewing, at home. 

The bonus audience. Pulse re- 
ported, prefer sports 8-5 in the day- 
time, when extra viewers for base- 
ball added 14.5% to the . regular 
audience. In the evening the pref- 
erence for sports was 5-3, when 
sports in general garnered a plus 
audience of 24%. 

Reversing a general assumption, 
most of the bonus viewers were 
not in bars and grills. The WOR 
study found 69.1% of the nighttime 
bonus viewers were visiting friends 
and relatives. Daytime figure was 


«v.^,.u.vu «» f.. .u I - ol the Eagles, Greasy 

terest causes, and. prepare a sales Neale, the team’s coach, and Al 


manual id t TV- Stations ^ • iWlstert, star tackle and 'captain. 


stratovision, reservation of chan- 
nels for educational video stations, 
feasibility of “metered television," 
and, possibly, new developments to 
increase detail of black and white 
pictures through incorporation of 
horizontal interlace. 

Witnesses slated, to appear in- 
clude broadcasters, manufacturers, 
networks, engineers, government 
agencies, and educational organiza- 
tions. 


“Lucky Strike’’ series tees off 
Monday night (11) with “The Aw- 
ful Truth," co-starring Lee Bow- 
man and Jane Wyatt. (Original 
film was produced by Columbia, 
starring Cary Grant., Irene Dunne 
and Ralph Bellamy.) Succeeding 
programs will have “Big Sleep," 
j starring Zachary Scott: “Arrow- 
smith,” with Van Heflin playing 
the doctor’s jole; “Star Is Born," 
“Petrified Forest," “Brief Encoun- 
ter" and “Night Must Fall/’ Casts 
for the latter four have not been 
set. Montgomery said he may play 
the starring role in “Night," 

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61.5%. 

From the economic standpoint, 
the bonus audience has a « larger 
percentage in the low-income 
group than the general TV audi- 
ence. It was also found to be 
dominated by men. Data also 
shows that WOR-TV is second 
among the Gotham nutlets in de- 
livering extra viewers, with a 
19,9% figure, presumably because 

of 4fes' heavy sport* format. > 

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Cleveland, Sept. 5. 
Carlings Black Label Beer will 
make its first major entrance into 
the television sports arena here by 
sponsoring the Cleveland Browns 
professional football team. The 
East Ohio Gas Co. has already 
signed for the AM rights over 
WERE., ' 

The AM-TV venture will be a si- 
mulcast with either WEWS or 
WNBK taking the video side. The 
issue is undecided pending clear- 
ances of cable rights. 

Bob Neal, WERE general man- 
ager, who’ll do the mike job, said 
Carling will take at least five out- 
of-town games. Under present rul- 
ings, ho Cleveland Brown telecast 
is possible within 75 miles of 

V I. Cleveland . 1 ^ J * » 1 < 1 -'-i « ^ 

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Shows Fulltime 

Talent agencies are how splitting 
television sectors into selling and 
servicing divisions. Reason for the 
split is the impracticability of at- 
! tempting to keep the same person- 
nel in both jobs. It’s been found 
that servicing of every major show 
is practically ' a fulltime job for 
each agent and little time is found 
to interest clients in other pro- 
grams. 

The William Morris agency was 
the first to form these lines of de- ' 
marcation last year when Harry' 
Kalcheim Was assigned to service 
the Milton Bcrle show. It was 
found to be a fulltime job. Agency 
is now arranging a schedule so that 
about half the staff will be assigned 
one major program^ 

Music Corp/ of America is also 
working along these lines. There 
have been several personnel addi- 
tions in this office, because of the 
increasing demands upon an agent’s 
time in handling various shows. 

Agencies are finding that the 

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Wednesday, September 6, 1950 








Gillette, which topped the video 4 
rights to the v World Series for' 
$800,000, has agreed on a three- 
way pooling dtrangement whereby 
NBC, CBS and ABC will share in 
telecasting the ^ames. 'For the 
privilege, each of the networks is 
paying $50, 00(h (Mutual TV affili- 
ates are automatically included be- 
cause of the Gillette^MBS tie-in, 
Which also gives Mutual exclusivity 
on the radio broadcasts). 

Originally it was Gillette’s in- 
tention to restrict the Videocasts 
of the Series to one network, and 
it’s Understood that NBC could 
have grabbed off an exclusive on 
the games by plunking down $200,- 
000, but board chairman Niles 
Trammell opposed any monopoly 
deal, preferring the three-way 
spread. 

DuMont execs also expressed a 
willingness to come in, at $50,000, 
but prexy Allan DuMont himself 
chimed in with “no dice,” assert- 
ing he wants nothing to do with 
the Series. It was DuMont that 
initially bid $650,000 to wrap up 
an exclusive on the 'Series, With 
Gillette finally topping it. 

Affiliate stations carrying the 
Series will be paid on the basis 
of an hour of playing time rather 
than for the full length of the 
games The webs don’t figure to 
make any money out of the Series; 


DiMaggio TV Show Sold 

Lionel Corp, has pacted for the 
“Joe DiMaggio, Show” on NBC-TV. 
Program is scheduled to tee off 
Sept, 23 and will be aired. Satur- 
days from 5:30 to 5:45 p.m. Bank- 
roller, signed for 37 NBC stations 
on a 13-week deal. 

Show is packaged by the Japk 
Barry-Dan . Enright outfit.. 


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'Studs Place’ Won’t Be 
Shuttered, After All, But 
Client Wants It on 


Chicago, Sept. 5. 

It looks now that the “Studs 
Place” obituaries were a bit pre- 
mature, Well-received show Which 
was dropped by NBC-TV after a 
six-months sustaining ride* was 
picked up last week by Manor 
House Coffee who is seeking time 
on ABC to spot the program. Cof- 
fee firm, through Earle Ludgin 
agencj r , wants to bankroll the series 
as a co-op deal here on WENR-TV 
and possibly several other midwest 
markets if suitable time can be 
found, on ABC. 

Also involve! in the pending re- 
vival is indie packager W, Biggie 
. Levin. Idea for “Studs Place” was 
originally dreamed up by writer 
Charlie Andrews of the Levin office 
and was sold to NBC on a royalty 
and writer’s fee basis. When the 
web scratched the show last month, 
it reverted back to Levin, 

NBC attempted to get back into 
the act when Manor House definite- 
ly decided to latch onto the show. 
Web offered the coffee firm a Sat- 
urday or a Sunday afternoon slot 
for the show but offer was nixed. 


LEE J. COBB SET FOR 


Screen Actors Guild yesterday 
(Tues.) formally intervened against 
Television Authority in New York, 
filing natnek of 8,000 members, and 
other documents With the National 
Labor Relations Board. Guild said 
it took the action to protect inter- 
ests of all actors 'and because TVA 
has intervened against SAG’s 
petition filed in L. A. 


Television Authority will meet 
again with representatives of the 
networks onSept. 14. According to 
George Heller, TVA executive sec- 
retary, these talks are on “issues 
not contested by the Screen Actors 
Guild and cover live production 
and supplemental kine recordings.” 

The negotiations are not expected 
to be altered by the amended peti- 
tion TVA has filed with the Na- 
tional Labor Relations Board. This 
asked for the establishment of two 
bargaining units: (1) covering 
the networks and agencies; and (2) 
covering motion picture producers. 

Reason for the shift, Heller says, 
is to" facilitate NLRB handling of 
the TVA-SAG dispute. It also 
changes legal points in the original 
petition to which the NLRB ob- 
jected/ 



KILGALLEN, JAMES EXIT 
CBS FOR OWN 


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Hollywood* Sept. 5. 

Lee J. Cobb will make his tele- 
film debut this week, stepping be- 
fore the cameras at General Serv- 
ice studios to star in Palisades Pro- 
ductions’ series “A Hollywood Af- 
fair.” Rip Van. Ronkle is script- 
ing the pilot film. 

Palisades, headed by Marion 
Parsoriett and Eddie Lewis* has 
budgeted $100,000 for the 13-Week 
series. 


Barber’s 'Inside Stuff’ 

Red Barber, CBS sports director, 
teed off a special news series of 
four 15-minute, programs to give 
baseball fans : the inside stuff on 
the current pennant fights via. 
CBS-TV last night (Tues.). . Shows 
Will be aired in the 10:30 to 10:45 
p;m. period on a sustaining basis 
through Sept. 26, a week prior to 
the start of. the World Series. 

With Barber on the road with 


Eleanor Kilgallen and Monique 
James are resigning their jobs as 
casting director and assistant cast- 
ing director of CBS to set up Cast- 
ing Consultants. 

New outfit, which starts Oct. 2, 
will not be an agency with actor- 
clients but will help producers and 
directors with their casting prob- 
lems. Performers booked through 
CC will pay 109c. except in those 
cases where the agency or package 
company is paying CC a retainer 
fee, 

Miss Kilgallen is the sister of 
Dorothy (and Dick Kollinar) Kil- 
gallen. Miss James is the daugh- 
ter of Edwin L. James, N. Y. Times 
managing editor. 


Chi 



2-Year Ffchts 


the Brooklyn Dodgers last 

the preem show was taken over by , ...... - * 

John Derr, associate sports direc- were admitted upon payment of a 


Chicago, Sept. 5. 

ABC-TV has decided to get out 
of the fight game* The web is 
cancelling its subsidization Of the 
Tu esday ui cht amateur boxin g card 
at Chi Rainbow Arena which it 
aired as “Tomorrow’s Champions.” 
Show will be replaced by Roller 
Derbv telecasts after Sept. 5. 

“Champions” has been carried 
as a co-op on ABC for the past 
two seasons. After the fight pro- 
gram nearly died last spring be- 
cause of gate, the net made a deal 
with a new promoter, Leonard 
Schwartz, wfiereby he’d be paid a 
reported $500 a week to put on 
fight cards independent of the 
gate, To background the fights 
with a ringside audience, fans 


By GEORGE ROSEN 

Mexico City,, Aug. . 29. 

. Perhaps the major TV Ripley ex- 
tant today exists in Mexico City. 
Emilio Azcarraga* whose far-flung 
radio, pix and music interests just- 
ly rate him “Mr. Show Biz of 
Mexico” cognomen, is all set to 
embrace video --- but on such a 
grand scale that it would cause a 
studio - cramped NBC or CBS to 
turn green with envy. 

This coming December, Azcar- 
raga will be ready to launch Mex- 
ico City’s Television Center, a 
magnificent edifice comparable in 
size to two New York City blocks 
now being completed at a cost , of 
several* million pesos. There is 
nothing on tele y islon-happy United 
States to match it and even now 
there is a competition on among all 
the young architects of Mexico 
(Aczcarraga wants no “old think- 
ing” to go into his Latin-Americari 
TV baby) who are vying for the 
privilege of designing the ultra- 
modern facade for Television City. 
Azcarraga has laid down only two 
requisites: (1) that it be made of 
Mexican stone and bronze and (2) 
that it represent a daring and ven- 
turesome spirit in architecture so 
that, 10 years hence, it will still 
be the last wojrd in modernity. 

Where the Ripley comes in is that, 
With all this grandiose display, 
with all of Azcarraga’s vision into 
TV’s future in Latin America, with 
his resultant blueprint of . a plant 
that embraces four modern thea- 
tres, countless studio^, rehearsal 
rooms, a block-long storage unit, 
and the finest of equipment, TV 
may well wind up playing to a 
phantom audience. Because of the 
Government nix on U. S. imports, 
a quota of 10,000 receivers has 
been set for a city whose popula- 
tion now exceeds 2,500,000, To 
date a shipment of about 1,500 sets 
has been brought into the country, 
equally divided among RCA* Gen- 
eral Electric and Philco, the three 
firms that will supply the remain- 
ing 8,500. The 1,500 are being 
bought up at a pretty fast clip, but 
it’s strictly a rich man’s luxury 
here. A 16-inch receiver costing 
$250 or $300 in the U. S, costs 
about 3,500 pesos ($400), not only 
because of the import tax, but be- 
cause the distributor and the deal- 
er, lacking any competition, are in 

a position to set their own price. 

, *> 

Dream Fulfillment 

Azcarraga, with a fortune in- 
vested in Television City, the ful- 
fillment of a dream started back 
in 1944, intends, doing something 
about it; His brother-in-law’s 
company, Remsa, in which he has a 
considerable interest, has been 
making radio sets at about one- 
third the cost of the U. S. manu- 
factured product, and is currently 
exploring the TV vistas with a view 
toward turning out video receivers 
at the same one-third-less price 
level. Azcarraga isn’t sure the 
trick can be turned* but he’s Will- 
ing to stake his future in a “TV 
manana” as 'he sets the ground- 
work for the launching of the video 
counterparts of his two fabulous 
radio operations, XEW and XEQ* 
the brace of 200, 000-watt stations 

(Continued on page 38) 


Payoff in Profiles 

Television stations around 
the country have been receiv- 
ing bids from Great Lakes 
Associates, Detroit ad agency, 
asking for spot commercials on 
a Polaroid camera, VtP be paid 
for in cameras. GLA, which is 
described as a specialist in 
“reciprocal— merchandise for ' 
time— advertising,” Would be 
paid the usual 15% commis- 
sion, in cash' Group is also 
making the same proposition 
for a nationally advertised 
watch and photo equipment. 

Reaction of some TV station 
managers is that with video 
spots at such a premium now, 
it doesn’t pay to swap time 
for cameras* and pay a cash 
commission too. 




Video Series 


Hollywood, Sept. 5. 

Carnation inked Burns & Allen 
for television oyer the weekend, 
with program bowing over CBS in 
October. Team will telecast every 
other week, with three of first 13 
to be done in N.Y. , the remainder 
on kinescope from here. 

Carnation is reportedly paying 
the pair $18,000 per show. It’s un- 
derstood if the kine falls short of 
expected quality, the team will do 
most of the shows from N.Y. for 
eastern cable with kine for n on- 
interconnected stations, 

Show was bought on strength of 
the CBS test film which won crit- 
ical praise in the trade; Carna- 
tion will continue its two radio 
shows from here with some- 
changes on “Contented Hour,” with 
Tony Martin replacing Dick Haymes 
October 1. Format Will be revised 
by Robert L. Redd, new Coast ra- 
dio head of Erwin-Wasey, who also 
produces. Howard Blake's matinee 
“Carnation Family Party,” starring 
Jay Stewart, continues as hereto- 
fore. CBS is still working out time 
for Burns arid Allen. 


Television dramatic talent can. 
expect about the same fees this 
year as last, despite . the much ros- 
ier outlook for stations and net- ' 
works. Roundup of producers on 
the major dramatic programs re- 
veals that they’ll be operating with 
virtually the same budgets as they 
had during the previous season. 
While that would mean that TV 
has held a close cheek-rein on pro- - 
Auction costs, it means also: that 
actors and actresses won’t benefit 
from the much greater amount of 
money that advertisers are pour-r 
ing into video this year. 

While none of the producers 
would say , as much, it is believed 
that the average dramatic talent 
won’t be able to negotiate for more 
money until its unions wrap up a 
pact of some kind with the net- 
works. Such a move has been 
stymied until now because of the 
jurisdictional battle between the 
Screen Actors Guild and TV Au- 
thority. Each union is claiming 
complete jurisdiction over all 
thesps working in the medium. Un- 
til that hassle is ironed out, the 
networks and/or agencies possess 
complete authority to determine 
how much an actor is to get for 
his work. 

Webs, of course; maintain that 
they are already paying actors as 
much as, or more* than the talent 
would receive under any minimum 
wage scale that might he set up. 
That, however, is not enough for 
the actors and actresses. They 
claim such Ray Was okay during 
the period When TV was struggling 
to get on its feet. Now that at least 
two of the networks are practically 
sold out for the fail and winter 
season, they believe they should 
share in the greater income, even 

(Continued on page 30) 


Reed, Roach Set Deal 


tor, as guest emcee. He inter- 
viewed Vince Scully, one of Bar- 
ber’s assistants in the dodger ari- 


nominal ticket tax. . . 

The promoter plans to continue 
the fights on a regular admission 
hut doubts it will, X&fa Pff. 


nouncin^L' chocesr rPhi of basis hut doubts it win, 

the pennant* fightsin both leagues, without the video subsidy. 


Arnold Sponsors ‘80’; 

To Brave Wed. at 8 Spot 

Arnold Bakers has bought “Life 
j Begins at 80” on ABC-TV. The 
[ jack Barry-Dan Enright production 
j will go into the Wednesday 8 p.m. 
j slot, opposite Arthur, Godfrey on 
! CBS-TV and the rotating come- 
dians stanza on NBC-TV. 

Benton & Bowles picked up the 
airer for Arnold only five days 
! after its last sustaining broadcast 
Son NBC-TV- Latter web had to 
'drop “80” because of the return 
'of “Versatile Varieties.” B&B's de- 
cision was based on audience loy- 
• alty shown in 55,000 letters NBC 
received ^fj^r^^kipg* the^ ^pnqelj 
lation announcement. ‘ 

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AUTRY'S EYING A DEAL 
FOR 26 FIX ON CBS 

Hollywood, Sept. 5. 

Gene Autry’s Flying A pictures 
inked a deal with CBS for produc- 
tion of 26 videoaters under series I 
tag, “The Range Rider,” starring 
Jock O’Mahoney Proauction starts 
Oct. 1, with location filming slated 
for each picture, with each carrying 
$20,000 budget. 

Lou Gray will produce, with 
scripting to be done by Autry’s 
stable of scribec Flying A is con- 
trolled by Autry, Mitchell J. Ham- 
ilburg and Armand Schaefer; 



On Nebraska 


Hollywood* Sept. 5* 

Basic five-year contract, calling 
for a series of half-hour vidfilms 
co-starring Stuart Erwin and his 
wife, June Collyer, has been inked 
between Roland Reed Productions 
and General Mills. Deal is a part- 
nership arrangement between Reed 
and Hal Roach, Jr,, who conceived 
the idea for the domestic comedy 
series. 

Reed will be executive .producer 
with Roach producing and Guy 
Phair associate producer.. Frank 
Strayer, who has been with the 
Reed organization for some time 
scripting and directing commercial 
films, will direct the series, first 
two of which must be delivered to 
GM by Get. 16. Reed plans to lens 
three vidpix weekly. 



'BELIEVE IT OR NOT’ 

Ballantine has decided to cancel 
out on sponsorship of the “Believe 
It or Not” TV show*. One of the 
major bankrollers among brewery 
companies in AM and video, Bal- 
laritine is primarily concerned with 
hewing to a two or three-month 
seasonak pattern, rather than year- 
round, with accent on sports. 

Company currently sponsors the 
No. 1 baseball parlay, the Phils and 
Yankees. 

J. Walter Thompson iA the 


Co-Ax Comes to L’ville 

Louisville, Sept, 5. 
Coaxial TV service Will be avail- 


Omaha, Sept, 5, 

Cudahy Packing Co;, which has 
just removed its general head- 
quarters from Chicago to its 
Omaha plant, will celebrate the 
event by sponsoring all Nebraska j .?6 enc y 
University football telecasts over 
WOW-TV this fall. Deal includes 
WOW and KODY, the latter at 
North Platte, Neb. 

Sponsorship includes direct 

broadcast of Nebraska’s nine games [ able to this area either Sept. 30 
by WOW and KODY. Television ! or Oct. 1, and both WfiAS-TV and 
schedule includes direct teleeast WAVE-TV will be fed the World 
of the five home games over WOW- j Series live for Tucal viewers. Co- 
TV’s privately owned microwave ■ ax leg, which will come down from 
relay system, and telecasts at 10:30 t Indianapolis, will be shared by 
p.m. Monday nights of the Satur- i both local TV stations on an equal 

day games away from home. Tip . basis. . , 

Saggau, WOW sports . editor* will! When one station has cable serv- 

j jgfa viQe°v&^ ^ W**W«*>» 

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TELEVISION 



Wednesday, September 6, 1950 


Chicago, Sept. 5. 

Jim Moran — known to Windy 
City viewers as 4 ‘The Courtesy 
Man’' arid known in automotive cir- 
cles as a shrewd car dealer—has 
fceen a u^er of Chi video since early 
in 1949, when there were less than 
60,000 sets in the city. Today, 1 he s 
the biggest single local spender, 
kicking out $8,500 a week for his 

three- tele shows. ..... . 

He started bankrolling his first 
teevee show— wrestling on ^WENR- 
TV— -in February, 1949. His gross 
biz- from, his Hudson franchise and 
bis used' car lot at that time, w as 
running about . $800,000. a year, 
Sales perked lip almost immediate- 
ly after his tele entrance, so he 

added another show, a weekly feat- 
ure film on WGN-TV . By the end 
of 1949 his Courtesy Motor Sales 
grossed $5,906,000. . 

Moran launched his most ambi- 
tious video project in February, 
1950, when his weekly “Courtesy 
HoUTV variety showed bowed on 
WENR-TV. The first six months of 
of ‘50 he grossed $10,275,000 in new 
and used Car sales and servicing. 
May was one of his - better months. 
He peddled 690 new Hudsons and 
644 Used -cars in 31 days. 

Besides finding himself rather 

jsuddeniy knee-deep in coin, Moran 

is how knee-deep in show biz. He 
did his own commercials on his 
first TV show, and has been doing 
them all ever since. So when he 
started the hour-long WENR-TV 
vaudeo show, the car dealer took 
over the emceeing job. He also 
personally screens all the acts used 
on the stint. 

May Go Net Co-op 
The show has proved so sucess- 
ful audience-wise that DuMont is 
reportedly dickering with Moran to 
buy the package for a co-op show. 
If the deal goes 'through, Moran 
would continue to package vand em- 
cee the stanza and would “sponsor” 
it on WGN-TV, the local DjuMont 
outlet. 

Moran currently puts out a mini- 
mum of $1,700 weekly for the acts 
used on the local “Courtesy Hour.” 
An average of six. turns are used on 
the show. Leo Salkin takes over in 
October as talent booker for the 
segment, replacing Lou Cohan. 

Before Moran climbed aboard 
the tele bandwagon, his best sales 
record had been about 50 new cars 
a month, keeping him down pretty 
near the bottom of the sales list 
among the 2,800 Hudson dealers in 
the country;. Today, after a year 
oh teevee, he’s the No. 1 Hudson 
dealer. 

Moran, through the Malcolm 
Howard agency; will plow back 
close to $500,090 into Chi video this 
year. He’s never used radio adver* 
tising and since he got into teevee, 
he’s Used practically no newspaper 
space. Contrary to rumors, the 
parent Hudson company does not 
contribute to Moran’s hefty tele 
budget. 




Continued from page 29 


though that income might not yet 
represent profits for the : webs. 

Basic pay scale, such as it is, 
does riot, of course, aff ect . Holly- 
wood and legit name stars. . As in 
other media, they can continue to 
demand and receive whatever the 
traffic will bear. Thus , the budget 
on Robert Montgomery’s “Lucky 
Strike Theatre” Series will con- 
tinue to be much higher than that 
on such shows as “Philco Play- 
house,” “Studio One,” etc., since 
Montgomery utilizes more top 
name talent. Already lined up for 
his program this fall are such stars 
as Van Heflin, Lee Bowman, Zach- 
ary Scott, Jane Wyatt and others. 

Minimum pay to run-oMh e-mill 
talent also does not apply this year 
to vaudeo performers. Fees to the 
top-name comedians will range; 
downward from the $40,000 per 
show paid Bob Hope for his series 
of Frigidaire-sponsored; programs. 
Because of the anticipated intense; 
competition among vaudeo shows 
for top ratings this year, however, 
even the average variety act can 
expect higher fees than he re- 
ceived in the 1949-50 series. ■ This 
was underlined by the decision of 
Ed Suilivan' to hike the budget on 
his “Toast of the Town” program 
on CBS in order to get better 
talent, which he figures he’ll need 
this year to buck NBC’s “Colgate 
Comedy Theatre.” Latter show is 
to buck Sullivan directly in the 
Sunday night 8 to 9 period. 


Sweden Sees Its First 
Television Due in 1951, 
Denmark in 2-3 Years 

Stockholm, Aug. 25. 
First regular TV programs are 
expected to air in Stockholm dur- 
ing 1951. A test-station will be 
built here, and Parliament will be 
asked to give several millions to 
this project at its meeting next 

winter. . . \ 

First TV stations will be located 
at Stockholm. Gothenburg and 
Horby, with a local station in 

Maimo. The government has given 
the Swedish Broadcasting Co, a 
total of 11,350,000 kroner for its 
work during the 1950-51 season, 
which is 1,175,000 kroner more 

then they usually get. 



San. Antonio — Latest count of 
TV sets estimates 22,655 here. The 
city has two TV outlets in opera- 
tion, WOAI-TV and KEYL. 


First: TV at Dane Exhib 
Copenhagen, Aug. 25. 

•At the big exhibition in the 
Forum here, Where the Statsradio- 
foriien celebrated its 25th anni- 
versary by introducing the first 
Danish TV programs to the pub- 
lic, after having sent experimental 
programs for half a year to a small 
circle of observers, Danes could 
see five different 20-minute pro- 
grams, each repeated three times, 
every day during the week that 
the exhibition was open. 

The opening was marred by 
some technical mistakes, but 
apart from that the exhibition 
looked a great success. The Stats- 
radiofonien doesn’t expect* to 
send regular TV programs for at 
least two or three years yet. The 
state radio has; given the director 
of its entertainment department, 
Jehs Lawaetz, six months’ leave 
to work out the many TV prob- 
lems, while popular quizmaster 
Svend Petersen takes over his 
former post, .* 

The sale of radio sets has been 
very low during the year, and the 
industry fears that many Danes 
are waiting for. the coming of. TV 
instead of buying a new radio. 



Chi Stations Chipping 
In For Pubservice Drive 

Chicago, Sept. 5. 

Chi video stations started making 
arrangements for their fifst ma- 
jor local public service effort as 
their contribution to the 1950 Com- 
munity Fund drive. Campaign, 
which gets underway Oct. 9, is aim- 
ing for goal of $8,532,000. 

Special tele committee has been 
set up to organize time and talent 
for the drive. Hal Rorke, J. Wal- 
ter Thompson TV director, was 
named chairman of the group. 
Other members include; Jules Her- 
buveaux, Chi NBC-TV general man- 
ager; Fred Kilian, Chi ABC-TV 
program director; John Mitchell, 

' WBKB general manager; Ted 
Weber, WGN-TV sales, and Irvin 
Wagner, TV producer. 

Dallas’ ‘Webfoot’ Client 

Dallas, Sept. 5. 

Webster Webfoot, popeyed pup- 
pet in duck’s feathers, will be pre- 
sented for a full year over WFAA- 
TV under the sponsorship of 
Sanger Bros., pioneer local depart- 
ment store. 

Show, named “Webster Web- 
foot Rally, ” will be telecast five 
days per week and will run one 
hour. The contract is one of the 
largest of Its kind ever signed 
'tte.mitMttag i- vn*- > . ’ 


Joseph W. Bailey, one-time man- 
ager of the Grey agency’s radio- 
TV department, named production 
supervisor for Robert; Montgom- 
ery’s “Lucky Strike Theatre” series 
via NBC . . CBS-TV’s Sheriff Bob 
Dixon scheduled for personal ap- 
pearance Saturday (9) at the 
Broadway Bond clothing store in 
a tie in for his western wear ap- 
parel. . .Charles Sinclair, formerly 
radio-TV editor of Today’s Adver- 
tising, has joined the publicity 
staff of the N. Y. Daily News’ 
WPIX . CBS-TV’s “Lucky Pup” 
now airing 5 to 5:15 p.m. cross-the- 
board, while the web’s other pup- 
pet show, “Life with Snarky 
Parker,” moves into the 5:15 to 5;30 
slot. . .Gene (Dr. Gino) Hamilton 
inked to emcee a new DuMont 
show starting next month, which 
is to feature promising longhair 
talent . . . Colgate, for Halo Sham- 
poo, has bought a segment of NBC- 
TV’S “Howdy Doody” show. 


tele rernotes from Culver City 
Stadium Friday evenings on 
KLAC-TV . . . Bing Crosby En- 
terprises set legit and film actress 
Frieda Inescort to star in “The 
Hope Chest,” half-hour vidpic for 
Procter & Gamble’s “Fireside The- 
atre” series. Frank Wisbar pro- 
duces and directs . . . Two home- 
audience giveaways bow on KNBH 
tonight (5), “Circle the Globe” with 
Tom Dickson, Jean and Jim Dean 
and Jim Williams for Lowry’s and 
“TV-O” with Bill Welsh and Candy 
McDowell for Van De Kamp 
Bakeries. A1 Buffington packaged 
both shows. 


Chicago 


Hollywood 


NBC is trying to clear time for 
an Andy and Della Russell pro- 
gram, scripted by Nornlan Black- 
burn, NBC’s west coast director 
of network tele operations, Who 
pitched the idea. Show would be 
done on film, each one recreating 
one of the niteries in which the 
husbarid-wife team has appeared 
. . . KLAC-TV inked Johnny Brad- 
ford to a 30-minute Stint at 6:30 
nightly with Bradford informally 
gabbing with guests. Show usurps 
the niche held by Sam Balter and 
Harry Flannery and latter will do 
a Sunday-only show . . . As part 
of the deck-clearing for fall pro- 
gramming, KTLA is cancelling its 
Monday night beamings of boxing 
from South Gate . . . Dick Garton 
resigned as radio and video head 
of the Smith and Bull Agency to 
devote all his time to his KTLA 
appearances . . . Pat Healy joined 
the KTTV promotion department 
. . . . Citizens National Trust and 
Savings Barik renewed the “Lucille 
Norman Sings” show on KTTV for 
another 13 weeks . .. . Lee Green 
and William Tillisch sold their 
rear projection equipment for tele 
to KTSL .. . .Max Baer inked for 
“Butcher Baer” telefilm, first in 
the series of “Adventures of Skip- 
along Rosenhloom,” which Wally 
Kline Enterprises is making . . . 
Mitchell Boys Choir set to do five 
three-minute vidfilms for Snader 
Telescriptions '* vV Bill ; Welsh 
handling color on 1 *Motbr l Polo 


Reinald Werrenrath, Chi NBC- 
TV producer, reports to the Navy 
Thursday (7) as a radar specialist 
with rank of lieutenant . . . Bob 
Elson subbing for Ernie Simon as 
WBKB’s Curbstone Cutup ... Ad- 
miral veep R. A. Graver announced 
price boosts averaging about 8% 
for company’s tele line . . . Mike 
Todd and A! Capp sat in as judges 
when “Miss U. S: Television” was 
picked Sunday (3) on DuMont 
beained show, Duo did its voting 
from N; Y. via phone . . . Dorothy 
Amundson j Oins Ghi-NBC-TV sales 
staff . . . “Hit Spot,” starring John- 
ny Paul jumps from, a quarter 
hour to a half hour on WBKB. 
Sidney J. Page package is spon- 
sored by Dre wry’s Beer and Ale 
j . . . Dan Petrie, Chi NBC producer, 
vacationing this week . . . Mike 
Wallace did gabbing on series of 
tele spots for Vigoro, handled by 
Bob Guilbert of the J. Walter 
Thompson Chi office . . . Mike 
Flannery sitting in as a regular on 
Herbie Mintz’s “But Not Forgot- 
ten” quarter-hour strip on WNBQ. 
Gabber first “broke into” video on 
experimental station, W9XAL, Kan- 
sas City, in 1930 ... Jimmy Ven- 
able, choreography director of the 
Chi Fair Music in the Round The- 
atre, set i to take over as terp di- 
rector and soloist on . projected 
“Truly Yours,. Ann Davis” on 
WENR-TV ... Shep Chartoc and 
Don Cole came up with their 
fourth sale in recent weeks When 
they peddled weekly half-hour 
WBKB show featuring Danny 
O’Neil to Toni Kemp Health Stu- 
dio ... Joyce Homier and the Los 
Nortenos trio headlining WGN- 
TV’s “Music - Comedy Play- 
house” for Esserman Motors . . . 
Eddie Hubbard replaces Bill Bailey 
as emcee of “Show Kids,” Sunday 


(Sept 6-16) 

Following is a list of programs, either new or returning after a 
summer hiatus,, scheduled to preem^on the major television net- 
works during the next 10 days: 

SEPT. 6 

Chance of a Lifetime. ABC, 7:30 p.m, Bendix, through Tatham, 
Laird. 

Stars Over Hollywood. NBC, 10:30 p.m. Armour, through 
Foote, Cone & Belding. 

. . SEPT. 7 

Truth or Consequences. CBS, 10 p.m. Philip Morris, through 
Biow. 

SEPT. 8 ; 

Ford Theatre. CBS, 9 p.m. Ford, through Kenyon & Eckhardt. 

SEPT. 9 ’ 

Hank McCuhe Show. NBC, 7 p.m. Peter Paul, through Maxon. 
Saturday Night Revue. NBC, 8 p m. Various sponsors and 
agencies. 

: SEPT. 10 

Colgate Comedy Hour. NBC, 8 p m. Colgate, through Sherman- 
Marquette and Ted Bates. 

■ : t . SEPT. XI . 

Treasury Men In Action. ABC, 8 p.m. Chrysler, via McCann- 
Erickson. 

Lucky Strike Theatre. NBC, 9:30 p.m. American Tobacco, 
through BBD&O. 

At Home Show. CBS, 11 p.m. Masland Carpets, through An- 
derson, Davis & Platte. 

SEPT. IS : \ . 

Don McNeill TV Club. ABC, 9 p.m. Philco, through Hutchins. 

' ' SEPT. 14 

Alan Young Show. CBS, 9 p.m. Esso, through Marschalk & 
Pratt; Kroger, through Ralph H. Jones. 

Holiday Hotel. ARC, 9:30 p.m. Packard, through Young & 
Rubicam ; 

SEPT. 15 

N. Y. Football Giants Huddle. ABC, 8:30 p.m. Sun Oil, through 
Hewitt, Ogilvy, Benson & Mather. 

Magnavox Theatre. CBS, 9 p.m. Magnavox, through Kenyon & 
Eckhardt. 

Penthouse Party, ABC, 10 p.m. Best Foods, through Earle 
Ludgin. 


Chi’s WENR-TV Grooming 
Flock of Local Shows 
For Day & Night Spots 

Chicago, Sept. 5. 

ABC’s Chi outlet — WENR-TV— 
is grooming a flock of daytime and 
late evening shows which, when 
they get underway this month, will 
put its Channel 7 firmly in the lo- 
cal strip show sweepstakes. With 
the fall network picture pretty well 
set, plans now are urider way to fill 
most of the gaps; with local shows 
riding across-the-board. 

Shows being worked up will 
go into the afternoon housewives’ 
segments, the early evening kiddie 
block and the late evening windup 
hour. 

Station now is opened by the 
two-hour, cross-the-board “Bob and 
Kay” stanza at i l a, m. Three new 
shows are being prepped to go 
into the following 1-1 : 30 p.m. slot. 
Starting Sept. 11, “Housewives Hol- 
iday,” audience participation show 
emceed by Claude Kirchner, will 
occupy the period on Mondays and 
Fridays/ A cooking show featuring 
Beulah Karney will go in the same 
week on Tuesdays and Thursdays 
with a home economics segment 
hosted by Kay Morrow filling on 
Wednesdays. 



Chi Web Feeds 

Unless the net fills, the station 
will go dark from 1:30 to 4 p.m. 
when the kid shows commence with 
“Mr. Magic,” quarter-hour net sus- 
tainer from N. Y. Next 15 minutes 
will be filled by Chi-originated web 
show, “Paddy the Pelican,” puppet 
show showcased locally the past 
season* 

Another Chi web feed, “Hold ’Er 
Newt,’’ also a puppet strip, Will go 
into the 4 : 30-4 : 45 period. “Space 
Patrol,” film from N. Y., takes over 
the next quarter hour. A local 
show, “Mary Hartline’s Party,” has 
been built to fill the 5-5:15 spot. 

“Lois and Looie,” local, kiddie 
cartoon show, moves into the next 
period to be followed by a film 
strip, “Adventure Time,”, sponsored 
on WENR-TV by Central Ice 
Cream! The 5:45-6 slot will be 
taken over Sept. 25 by a new 1 ‘U ri- 
de Mistletoe” stanza, bankrolled 
by Marshall Field & Co. 

Also teeing off Sept. 25 are five 
new strip segments filling the 11 
p.m. to midnight hour. Paul Harvey 
Will do a ib-minute news show to 
launch the signoff hour. He’ll be 
followed by Pat Flanagan’s sports 
roundup. The 11:20-11:30 period 
will be occupied by a weather 
show. 

Jazz pianist Fats Pichbn has been 
inked to do a 15-minute program, 
in the ll:30-li:45 Slot. A Tele- 
news segment is tentatively sched- 
uled for the final quarter-hour. 

San Antonio — Bill Jackson, for 
merly with WPIX, New York, has 
been named chief engineer of 


With only two half-hours of eve- 
ning network; time still available 
for sponsorship, NBC is spreading 
far backwards into the daytime 
hours on a network basis for the 
first time. Starting Sept, 25, the 
web takes over cross-the-board 
from 3 to 6 ; p.m., while Sunday 
programming is slated to start late 
this month at 3 : 30 in the after- . 
noon. 

On weekdays, an audience partic- 
ipation show emceed by Bert Parks 
hnd bankrolled by Hunt’s Dog Food 
will hold down either the 3 .or 3:30 
spot, with whatever slot is left open 
going to the Ransom Sherman 
show, which has not yet been sold. 
Then the Kate Smith program will 
be aired from 4 to 5; “NBC 
Comics,” a series of animated car- 
toons being lerised on the Coast, 
going from 5 to 5:15; “Panhandle 
Pete : and Jennifer,” a Chicago- 
originated series, holding down the 
5:15 to 5:30 slot, and “Howdy 
Doody” continuing from 5:30 to 0. 

Sunday programming will tee off 
at 3:30 p.m. with “Battle Report,” 
a half-hour production of the NBC 
news department. The Mrs. 
Frankin D. Ropsevelt show again 
Will hold down the 4 to 4: 30 period, 
with “Meet the Press,” bankrolled 
by Revere Copper* & Brass, going 
from 4:30 to 5. Slot from 5 to 5:30 
is still open, while “Zoo Parade,” 
originating from Chi, goes from 
5:30 to 6. “Hopalong Cassidy” 
westerns, sponsored by General 
Foods, will be aired from 6 to 7. 

60-Min. 'Ladies Day’ Show 
Set for Detroit Femmes 

Detroit, Sept 5. 

WJBK-TV. will begin an hour- 
long variety show strictly for the 
feminine audience Sept. 11. En- 
titled “Ladies Day,” the feature 
will be presented Monday through 
Friday at 1:30 p. m !, with Ralph 
Binge topping the show with gim- 
micks, quizzes, music and comedy. 

Studio audience Will be com- 
prised of Detroit’s Women’s Clubs, 
of which there are more thail 1/ 
000. Each day a different club 
Will be invited to attend. Bruce 
Mayer, recently with CBS in Chi- 
cago, is the producer. 

San Antonio — WOAI-TV will 
present the Southwest Conference 
“Game of the Week” starting on 
Sept. . 24 and continuing through 
the season each Sunday there- 
after. The special films of the game 
will be rushed here from the pro- 
ceeding day’s game. Ed Hyman, 
WOAI-TV sports director, will give 
the commentary. The telecasts will 
be cooperatively sponsored by the 

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Wednesday, September 6, 1950 


LIGHTS OUT 
(“The Benuili Chant 1 ') 

Starring Tom Drake and Ed Beg^ 
ley; with Jean Sheppard, Ralph, 
Riggs, Leora Thatcher, Wells 
Richardson, Wyrlie Birch, Philip 
Robinson; Frank Gallop narra- 
tor 

Producer Herbert Swope, Jr. 
Director: William Corrigan 
Writer: Gordon A. Van Riper 
ADMIRAL 

SO Mins., Monday, 9 p.m. 

NBC-TV, N. Y. 

, (Kudner ) 

The eerie and the sinister *are 

again with us in the form of 
“Lights put," which has returned 
for a second season on NBC-TV 
under Admiral sponsorship. A 
short story, “The Mind Robbers,” 
was adapted by Gordon Van Riper 
to become “The Benuili Chant,” 
second in the returning series, and 
the results were eye and ear-ar- 
resting though not all that they 
might have been. 

‘Chant,” which deals with an 
Arabian parchment whose control 
gives the possessor the power to 
divine men’s thoughts, was excel- 
lently cast with Tom Drake and 
Ed Begley in the starring roles, 
and with Ralph Riggs in a some- 
what lesser part, but it needed 
sharper direction and more pointed 
writing. The denouement espe- 
cially could have been plotted 
better. Even at that, “Chant” 
never lost Interest. 

Yarn specifically concerns an 
overly ambitious businessman 
(Begley) who employs the power 
of the parchment' 'to pick the 
brains of his company president 
and thus capitalize on the latter’s 
genius to put himself at the head 
of the firm while rendering the 
former helpless at his home. 
Drake played a company, employee 
Whom the helpless president had 
befriended, and it is he who up- 
set the too - ambitious Begley’s 
plain of omnipotence. 

Herbert Swope, Jr., has given 
the show a good production. Espe- 
cially effective for creation of the 
eerie mood is that flickering 
candle, accompanied by Frank 
Gallop, as the narrator who ap- 
pears, as a bodiless head to tell 
the story’s' framework. Kahn, 


BLIND DATE 

With Arlene Francis; Walter Her- 
lihy, < announcer; Glenn Osser 
orch , 

Producers: Bernard L. Schubert, 
Richard Lewis 
Director: Ed Nugent 
,30 Mins.; Thurs., 9:30 p.m. 
Sustaining 

NBC-TV, from New York 
“Blind Date,” back after a hiatus, 
stands up as an amusing stanza, 
Primarily it attracts by way of hu- 
man interest, through the gab and 
actions of the college students who 
vie for dates with models. The 
University youths are generally 
hep, 1 clean-cut . and fun to watch, 
while demoiselles are chic and 
charming. As femmecee Arlene 
Francis proves she knows how to 
ad glib sharply and wittily, yet 
without smugness or coyness. How- 
ever, on the broadcast Thursday 
(31) there were a couple of points 
at which she was a little too brit- 
tle, striving a bit too -hard for the 
turned phrase. 

Format remains unchanged from 
the previous seasons. Three un- 
dergrads from Colgate competed 
against three boys from Syracuse. 
Some of the date-pitching is con- 
ducted via telephone, but for vis- 
ual interest several stints involve 
a production setups— for example, 
one boy’s having to pose as 'the 
gal’s caddy and another having to 
deliver a live chicken-— allowing 
for variations from the usual gam- 
bits. 

Winning males get to take their 
dates to the Copacabana and the 
favorite couple got Gruen watches. 
That’s a plug for the timepiece 
which is slated to take over spon- 
sorship of the show Sept. 28; ; 

Bril. . 


• •* 

PfirtmfY 


TELEVISION REVIEWS 


31 


SUSPENSE 

(“Poison”) 

With Arnold Moss, Ruth Ford, 

Wesley Addy^ Richard Fraser 

Producer-director: Robert Stevens 
Writer: Alvin Saplnsley (adapted 

from , story by Rolad Dahl) 

30 Min.: Tues., 9:30 p.m. 
AUTO-LITE 
CBS-TV, from N. Y. 

(Cecil tc Presbrey) 

CBS-TV’s “Suspense” returned 
from its summer vacation Tuesday 
night (29) with a grisly tale that 
fully lived uj) to the program’s 
title. Yarn was about a British 
colonial in India who woke up 
from a mid-afternoon nap to ' feel 
a deadly poisonous snake coiled 
on his belly and realized that the 
slightest muscular quived would 
frighten the reptile into striking. 
If ever a video program was de- 
signed to keep viewers on the edge 
of their seats, this was it. It was 
also designed, though not neces- 
sarily intentionally, to provide 
plenty of nightmare fodder for the 
Small fry, and It’s to be hoped 
they were all tucked safely in bed 
before the show started. 

Topnotch production, direction 
and thesping! on the show was a 
tribute to Robert Stevens, who is 
back this year in the dual capacity 
of pi’oducer-director. Working with 
a tightlv-scrioted. . adaptation by 
Alvin SaDinsley of a story by 
Rolad Dahl, the cast too played 
it strictly for the chill effect. 
Arnold Moss scored in a deft 
characterization of the native 
medico who agreed to attempt re- 
moving the snake, despite the 
Britishers’ discrimination against 
his people. Ruth Ford was be- 
lievably contemptuous and hysteri- 
cal as the gal who planted the 
snake to get rid of her husband. 
Welsey Addy turned ip a fine job 
as the guv lying rigid in bed and 
Richard Fraser Was sympathetic as 
the other man. 

Stevens made good use of his 
cameras in playing up the situa- 
tion. One shot of the man lying 
horror-stricken , in bed, had the 
lenses at the foot of the bed 
angled at his face and fully caught 
the stark terror. Rex Marshall is 
also back in the guise of an Auto- 
Lite dealer for the commercial 
pitch. He did a neat selling job, 
but the sponsor should get some 
new animated films, instead .of re- 
peating those used last year. 

Stal. 


GOOD GOLF 

With Joe Ruzas, Howard Rely 
Director: Bill Miilvey 
15, Mins.; Thurs., 7:30 p.m. 
ROTIIBARD UPHOLSTERERS 
WRGB-TV, Schenectady 

( Goldman , Walter & Karma) 

Program did not hit par on its 
first round of the television course, 
but registered a reasonably good 
score. It offers visual instructions, 
in a few, brief lessons, on the 
fundamentals of golf. Joe Ruzas, 
former N. Y. state amateur cham- 
pion and current area, professional, 
is the teacher. Howard Reig, sta- 
tion announcer-emcee, is the stu- 
dent — game is completely new to 
him, he said on first shot. 

That consisted of demonstrations 
by Ruzas, and followups by Reig, 
of overlapping grip, stance and 
swing, capped by a neat drivlng- 
into-a-bag exhibition on the part 


ABOUT THE HOUSE 

With Lydia Rogers, Woody Klose; 

guests 

Producer-director: Bill AUyn 
60 Mins.; Mon. thru Fri., 1:30 p.m. 
Sustaining 
WCBS-TV, N. Y. 

Newest addition to WCBS-TV’s 
gradually - expanding daytime 

schedule; “About the House” is 
grooved strictly for the housewife 
audience. Show is followed, 
though, bv the hour-and-a-half 
“Real McKay,” which is devoted 
more to straight entertainment so 
that. On an overall basis, the 
station’s programming is well- 
rofinded \ ' 

“House” is like a number of 
other programs for femmes now 
riding the TV channels but judg- 
ing from its nreem Monday (4), 
its femcee, Lydia Rogers, has the 
right nersonality and experience 
to hold it together. , She and 
Woody Klose indulge in the usual 
chit-chat about housewifely prob- 
lems, Miss Rogers gives 'em cook- 
ing and household hints and Klose 
takes care of the man’s viewpoint 
on the sundry house-keeping mat- 
ters. ' In aditirtn, various guests 
are presented for variety (on the 
preem, it was a French chef de- 
scribing the intimacies of French 
pastry). 

Miss Rogers did CBS-TV’s first 
regularly - scheduled children’s 
show in 1941. She demonstrated 
an easy, infectious personality on 
“House” and evidently knows her 
way , about a kitchen. She also 
brought her two-year-old son be- 
fore the cameras for a demonstra- 
tion of homemade toys to get the 
kids out of their mothers’ hair. 
In addition, she ooened the pro- 
gram with a highly suspenseful 
story about an anti-Fascist Italian 
she had met once, which proved 
extremely interesting. 

Show, is staged on a simulated 
living-room and kitchen, which 
was especially well - designed, 
judging from the cameras’ ease in 
tracking from room to room. 
“House” should attract its share 
of the housewife audience from 
among those who can take time 
off from their chores to sneak a 
tpeak at TV now and then. 

Stal. 


Cincinnati— Two more sales j ex- 
ecutives have been appointed to 
the WKRC-TV staff by Don ^L. 
Chapin, local sales manager. Men 
are Earl Bradley and Charles T. 
riiehel, jljOtfvKetSj ,ifi the 
nela. j< rsi^i *i c- 


MR. I. M AGINATION 
With Paul Tripp, Ted Tilter, Ruth 
Enders, David McKay, Donald 
Devlin 

Producers: Norman Sc Irving 
Pincus 

Director: Donald Richardson 
Writers: Tripp, Rosemary Foster, 
Ted Tiller 

30 Mins., Sun., 6:30 p,m. 
Sustaining 

CBS, from New York 
Reduction of classic literature 
and historical incident to juvenile 
levels, as done by Paul Tripp in 
his role of “Mr. I. Magination” 
remains excellent fodder for all 
age brackets. it*s still a series 
which not only should draw on 
its own merit, . blit should pick up 
vast audiences by virtue of im- 
primateur of educators and parent 
groups. It's a rare blend of edu- 
cational and entertainment values 
with both facets enhancing each 
other. Series, now in its second 
year, is starting as a sustainer, 
but will pick up a bankroll er, the 
Corliss Lament Co. for Nestle’s 
Chocolate products, on Sept. 24; 

Tripp started his current annum 
with an incident from Mark 
Twain's ^ “Huckleberry Finn.” The 
format of the central character’s 
interview with a juve who longs 
to be another person in an Offer 
era, and speedy compliance with 
the wish provides the start of the 
show. From then on historical and 
literary incident is fairly faithful 
to the original. 

Donald Devlin played Huck Finn 
and excellent assistance was by 
Ruth Enders, Ted Tiller and David 
McKay. The writing staff retains 
the essence of the original even 
with the necessity of keeping Mr 
I. in the script. Tripp is still writ- 
ing original lyrics, for this show 
with musical conductor Ray Carter 
providing the melody. 

Sets and production are on a 
high, level. Worthington Miner, 
who produced the Show last sea- 
son, is now the supervisor. Norman 
and Irving Pincus are taking care 
of the production this season. 

Jose. 


MARTIN KANE, PRIVATE EYE 
With William Gargan, Walter Kin- 
sella, Fred Hillebrand, others 
Producer-director: Edward Suther- 
land 

Writers: Joel Sayre, Finis Farr 
30 Mins,; Thurs., 10 p.m. 

U. S. TOBACCO 
NBC-TV, from New York 

f Kudner ) 

“Martin Kane, Private Eye,” 
again starring William Gargan, re- 
turned Thursday (31) from its 
summer hiatus, blit the crime- 
fighters and the crooks hadn’t 
really settled down to the busi- 
ness of sowing suspicion and 
suspense. The vehicle, which con- 
cerned mysterious deaths from 
gas poisoning in a coal mine, lacked 
belie vability in many spots. 

For one . thing, the settings 
failed to convey the reality • of a 
coal mine; the floor was level and 
spic ’n’ span* the walls betrayed 
their flimsiness. Extras, supposed 
to be mining coal, were obviously 
toying, not toiling, with , the picks 
and shovels; Kudner may well 
hear from John L. Lewis on this 
lapse; And the figure of a masked 
menace, spraying cyanide from a 
tank, failed to convey any horror. 

Scriptwise the production suf- 
fered from over-compression and 
[.from episodic j umpiness. How- 
ever, it maintained interest via the 
unusual method of murder and 
the underground locale. Film shots 
used for some scenes were excel- 
lent. .: 

Gargan clicks as the “eye,” Wal- 
ter Kinsella registers warmly as 
proprietor of the tobacco shop 
which Gargan uses as his clearing 
house and which also permits in- 
tegration of the commercials into 
the action. Plugs are done well, 
but . the device tends to make the 
commercials seem overlong. 

Bril. 


LUCKY PUP 

With Doris Brown, Morey and 

Hope Bunin puppets 
Producer-director: Lloyd Gross 
15 Mins.; Mon.-thru-Fri.; 6:30 p.m. 

(30 Mins., Sat., 6:30 p.m.) 
BRISTOL MYERS, SUN DIAL 

SHOES 

CBS-TV, from N. Y. 

“Lucky Pup,” which rates 
among the kiddie programs with 
adult appeal, has returned to 
CBS-TV for its third year as a 
vi<Jeo entry. Interest taken in the 
show by o 1 d s t ers undoubtedly 
stems from the similarity of 
airer’s two central characters to 
familiar real life types. Attraction, 
nevertheless, is essentially molded 
for juve tastes, with emcee Doris 
Brown catering to the short-pants 
element via facial distortions and 
%ocal intonations in her commen- 
taries on the day’s proceedings. 

Show, which uses puppets han- 
dled by Morey and Hope Bunin, is 
a 15-minute, cross-the^board en- 
try. Five daily stories are. recapped 
via kinescope for a half-hour show- 
ing On Saturdays. Predominant 
characters in the series are Foo- 
dini and bis stooge Pinhead. It’s 
through the actions of these two 
puppets that the similarity be- 
tween actyal people is developed. 
Foodini is self-centered, treacher- 
ous and conniving; while Pinhead 
amply fills the role suggested by 
his name. 

On show caught Wednesday (30), 
Foodini was, as usual, taking ad- 
vantage of Pinhead, but the pro- 
ceedings were strictly for moppet 
consumption. Dialog and' action 
both flowed along youthful lines. 
Program wound up with Foodini 
practically doing Pinhead out of 
$900,000 due the latter as a reward 
money from a mythical kingdom. 

The manipulation of the puppets 
is executed expertly by the Bun- 
nins, while Miss Brown displays an 
appealing personality. Program is 
sponsored on Thursdays by Bris- 
tol Myers for ipana Toothpaste and 
on Fridays by Sun Dial Shoes. 
Good and Plenty Candy is 7 skeddefi 
to take over sponsorship on 
Wednesdays, beginning today (6). 

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THE WAYNE KING SHOW 
With Harry Hall, Gloria Van, 

Jackie James, Don Large Chorus 
Producer: Andy Christian 
Director: Bill Hobiii . / 

Writer; Gerry Morris, on 

30 Mins.; Thurs., 9:30 p.m. (CDT) 

STANDARD OIL OF IND. 

NBC-TV (Split), from Chicago 
(McCann-Erickson) ... 

Wayne King, his orch, and a 
covey of pleasing vocalizers re- 
turned Thursday night (31) to start 
their second season on the 11- 
station NBC split for Standard Oil. 
Opening session was enjoyable 
fare, pleasing for both the eye and 
the ear. 

A showmanly produced affair, 
the program moved at a good pace 
and took full advantage of the 
strong singing cast. After opener 
by the band and the Don Large 
chorus and an- early commercial, 
bulk of stanza was devoted to a 
well-staged production device fea- 
turing a group of ditties by the 
various members of the crew. 

Harry Hall led off with an easy 
version of “Home Cooking.” Gloria 
Van and Jackie James; newcom- 
ers this season, blended in nicely. 
Miss Van did a trim job on “Once 
in a While” and “They Say.” Miss 
James was pert, both vocally and 
visually, with “Choo’n Gum” and 
“Bewitched.” Entire gang got to- 
gether for a windup with “Good- 
night, Irene,” featuring some pleas- 
ant terping by members of the 
chorus. 

Since this uninterrupted se- 
quence took up most of the show, 
King’s emceeing duties were slight, 
but deft. 

The band’s support was excel- 
lent throughout. Staging and 
choreography by Joan. Woodruff 
were nicely done. Andy Chris- 
tian’s production and Bill* Hobin’s 
direction were expert. 

Commercials were well-spotted 
and brief and not too Jarring to 
the relaxing mood of the show. 

Dave. 


VERSATILE VARIETIES 
Starring Bob Russell; with the 
Delmars, Yo u m a n Bros. Sc 
Frances, Janis Paige* Leonardo 
& Zola; Jerry Jerome’s Orch 
Producers: Ctiarles Basch, Frances 
Scott 

Director: Mark Hawley 

BONAFIDE MILLS 
30 Mins., Friday, 9 p.m. 

NBC-TV, N. Y. 

With the personable Bob Russell 
as its new emcee, “Versatile 
Varieties”- returned to TV for its 
second season last week in* a low- 
budget program that was enter- 
taining nevertheless. It's another 
variety show, of course, with noth- 
ing novel about it, but it’s one that 


ALDRICH FAMILY 

With Dick fyler, Jackie Kelk, 

House Jameson, Nancy Carroll, 

Jim Little, Leona Powers, others 
Producer-director: Frank Papp 
Writers: Normaii Toker, Ed Jurist 
30 Mins., Sun,, 7:30 p.m. 
GENERAL FOODS 
NBC-TV, from New York 

( Young & Rubicam) , 

“The Aldrich Family” got off to 
a belated premiere Sunday (3) 
night on NBC-TV, General Foods 
having cancelled opt the original 
preem the previous Sunday and 
subsequently firing Jean Muir off 
the snow in the role of Henry 
Aldrich’s mother. The initial in- 
stallment of the ’50-’51 season 
found Nancy Carroll taking over 
the role, played last Season by 
Lois Wilson. 

As a mild, slightly diverting 
situation comedy, * one would 
scarcely suspect the behind-scenes 
smoldering fires that have pro- 
jected this General Foods package 
and Miss Muir’s dismissal as a 
cause celebte iri the current cam- 
paign to rid radio-TV of so-called 
Communist infiltration. 

Whatever the merits of the case, 
and weighing the “Aldrich” preem 
strictly as an entertainment en- 
tity, the video version of Clifford 
Goldsmith’s long-running radio 
show, as in the case of last season, 
covers Jackie Kelk, as Homer, with 
the major laurels. Alone of all 
the characters translated into TV, 
it’s the Kelk characterization car- 
ried over from radio that is most 
successively captured, Dick Tyler 
is disappointing as the new Henry 
Aldrich, With the audio dimensions 
achieved by Ezra Stone on AM 
not realized here. 

MisS Carroll, General Foods* 
choice as the exemplification of 
American motherhood, has a some- 
what innocuous role and if there 
was some evidence of nervousness 
in her first performance, it’s to be 
assumed that she’ll fit more deftly 
in the characterization with time. 
Others handle their roles well, but 
Chapter 1 in the Aldrich saga was 
particularly slipshod production- 
wise, with too many miscues and 
faulty direction. 

Initial 'installment concerned a 
family feud over a wiener-roast, 
with tempers and temperatures 
approaching the boiling point. It 
was below par for the course in 
the Henry-Homer involvements. 

Rose . 


HERBIE KOCH SHOW 
With Bill Pickett; Bob Flournoy, 
announcer 

Director: Bill Loader 
30 Mins.; Thurs., 9 p.m. 

LIBERTY NAT’L BANK & 
TRUST CO. 

WHAS-TV, Louisville 
Herbie Koch, vet organist for 
years on WHAS, and prior to that 
a Publix Theatres console artist, 
has come into his own on TV, with 
a neat 30-minute show on behalf 
of one of the large local banks; 
Star of the show is the big four- 
manual pipe organ, with viewers 
now' gandering the four keyboards 
and banks of stops, and Koch giv- 
ing it the full treatment of glis- 
sandos, full organ, various instru- 
ment simulations, and the like for 
slick showmanship. 

Teaming with Bill Pickett, staff 
baritone, Koch blends neat organ 
background to latter’s fine war- 
bling! “Toymaker's Dream,” for 
the kids, is illustrated by Some 
cute animal cartoons executed by 
Bill White, Bob Flournoy, an- 
nouncer, also has some Words and 
pictures, giving a factual, institu- 
tional pitch anent the sponsor. 
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THE QUIZ KIDS 

With Joe Kelly, emcee; Melvin 

Miles, Harvey Dytch; Lonny 

Luiide, Naomi Cooks, Sally Ann 

Wilhelm 

Producer: John Lewellen 
Director: Don Meier 
Writer: Jay Sheridan 
30 Mins.; Fri., 7 p.m. (CDT) 

MILES LABORATORIES 
NBC-TV, from Chicago 
(Wade) 

The “Quiz Kids” went back on “ 
a weekly basis Friday (1). After 
nearly a year of experimentation 
it’s apparent that the exact for- 
mula for converting the popular 
juvenile AM quizzer into an 
equally effective tele Version still 
hasn’t been found. Although this 
particular segment came off as 
fairly good video fare, much of 
the appea} of the mental Wizardry 
of the young panelists was lost in 
the attempt to hypo the show with 
visual tricks. 

Frame opened nicely with some 
brief film shots showing the kids 
playing their favorite summer 
sport. Other live action situations 
such as the pro wrestler demon- 
strating holds on seven-year-old 
Harvey Dytch and a musical • 
chairs game registered only mildly. 

Best sequence of the show, how- 
ever, Was when the five kids, sit- 
ting quietly on their podium, 
grappled with the question “What’s 
the best age to get married?” Not 
only were the answers interesting 
but the closeups of the mobile 
faces of the juves as they chewed 
over the query was effective video. 
Star of this spot was Melvin Miles, 
age seven, who. . confessed he’d 
given a lot of thought to matri- 
mony. 

Genial quizmaster Joe Kelly also 
seemed more at ease handling the 
straight q & a situations. He did 
a nice job of smoothing over a 
couple of hitches during the at- 
tempts at animation, especially 
when a goose; used in a lpter- 
question, started squawking per- 
maturCly in the wings. 

Live, commercials done in sep- 
arate s^ts Were punchy. Produc- 
tion Was a bit loose and somebody 
missed a cue which sent . the... live 
camera back into the main set dur- 
ing the commercial. Dave. 

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KV NEW YORK CITY 

Stevenson School has picked up the tab for a flve-minute sports 
newscast in Spanish p^.W^WRL cross-the^l)oard.at 6 p.in.. vii Richmond 
agency. . . . The Hazard (he's* a freelance scripter) celdtHraflngf 

for their first child^ a. soi& . .Burton l&L Adams, has left NB.C ^tatlop 

relations to join Haiirington, Kighter "if/ParSons: :|S#acc%j^ 

Dudley Faust, asst* smiles 'manager for CBS*'westemnetwpi^ 
account man in the; web’s Gotham office.* . .Johnny Andrew^ 
for Skitch Henderson on WNBC, due to latter’s ptomaine poisoning. 

Monica Lewis and Bibi Osterwald have signed with World Broadcast- 
ing. George Herman, CBS newsman, flew last Week on assignment 

to Korea arid Japan . . .Martin Magner set to direct Carl Sandburg 
documentary, “Machines Without Men,** on \N;BC, ... Hugh Williams, 
currently starring in “Cocktail Party” on B’ way, will play in “Edward, 
My Son” on “Theatre Guild on the Air” Sunday (10) . . . . Charita Bauer 
spotted on “FBI in Peace and War” and “My True Story” this week 
. , . Bernard Ryan, Jr>, son of State Court of Claims Judge Bernard 
Ryan, has joined the AM-TV staff of BBD&O . . . Mary Mason, Grace 
Coppin, Maurice Wells, Daniel Ocko, Florence Robinson, : George Tip- 
lady and Hal Studor join “Front Page" Farrell’’ . . . . Meredith Willson, 
set as one of the permanent, musical directors • on NBC’s upcoming 
Sunday evenihg “Dream Show” is giving up his Coast connections and 
will settle in N. Y. around Sept. 25 , . . . WNBC’s Win! Schaefer spending 
two weeks on the Coast . . .Mutual has snagged renewals on two stanzas 
in its Sunday lineup: Williamson Candy is backing “True Detective” 
for the fifth year and Cudahy will bankroll “Nick Carter” Tor the fourth 
season . . Bob Heller, CBS exec producer, to Martha’s Vineyard. 

Arthur W. Rhinow has been named business manager of the Protes- 
tant Radio. Commission . . . . David Levy has been upped to talent and 
programming veepee in Young & Rubicam’s AM-TV dept. ...... Don Gillis 

has been assigned to directorial chores on NBC’s new Alvy West-Don 
Cherry show. . . .Alfred E. Lyon is waiving his retirement prerogative 
to continue on as Philip Morris board chairman- Ciggie outfit has an 
$11,000,00(3 plant expansion program. 

Larry Hammond has flown Englaridwards, eyeing: new talent. . . 
Christopher Fry’s “Lady’s Not For Burning” to be aired, transcribed 
by the original London cast, on WNYC Tuesday (12) 9-10:30 p.m... 
John Ringgold added to WQXR continuity staff, vice Oliver Roosevelt, 
who resigned to manage Birmingham Symphony » . . .Dave Carpenter, in 
charge of MGM Radio Attractions at Music Corp. of America, moving 


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from Atlanta to Mamaroneck .... Hank Sylvern marks his third year as 
musical director of Mildred Fenton's “Puck Comics Weekly” series. 
Walter S. Bates added to Associated Program Service station relations 
dept. 

IN HOLLYWOOD .... . 

Ed Buckalew, for many years station relations rover for CBS western 
division, was named general sales manager for KNX and the far west 
skein. Takes over from Wayne Steffner, Who pulled out to form a part- 
nership, with Frank Oxarart for s the packaging of radio and tele bundles 

With Luigi” moves to N. Y. Oct. 10 to take aboard Frank 
SRiatra;for a spot written into the script by Mac Benoff . . . , Ted Pear- 
son, annoupcer bade east, and Charlotte Keane, radio emotrix, were 
wgldec^ in (Bfeverly Hills last week . . . . Dave Fenwick pulled out of 
Abbott’Kimbkll agency and moved in with Calkins & Holden, Carlock, 

with • two 'of the firm’s accounts. Billing: runs bet- 
year. Jack Runyon, - boss out here for Blow, also 
knocked off an account, Maier beer, which has been on the books of 
the Brisacher outfit. .Dee Engel bacli is 51 pounds lighter than a year 
ago. Diet did it - . . ;Bud Barry signed Meredith Willson for the music 
on NBC’s 90-minute Sunday whopper. . Cornwell Jackson flew out to 
Stanley Resor’s ranch in Wyoming to help, him pitch hay . . .On. the 
door of his “annex” office, John Guedel has had lettered JGRPATSO, 
Overflow Vice Presidents. Pixiest of all the packaging producers, it’s 
his way of saying John Guedel Radio Productions and Television Sort 
Of .... Dennis Day's writers this season will he Bill Manhoff, Joe 
Quinneii and Les White. Latter two replace Frank Galen, who is oyer 
at CBS dreaming up a few program ideas which he will write and 
produce . . ; . NBC is readying the Hedda Hopper show , for takeoff this 
month and is prowling the marts for fresh variety talent . . . . Frank 
Ferrin is tiffing with NBC because ho mention can be made of Smilin' 
Ed McConnell’s TV show on the Saturday ayem broadcast. Both are 
on NBC but the net heads here ruled that such cross reference would 
be unfair to its affiliates because of being competitive both as a pro- 
gram and medium ... Bill Spier's picture came down off the wall at 
CBS and Frank Galen’s went up. 

IN CHICAGO 

Frank Schreiber, WGN and WGN-TV general manager; resumed his 
duties at Tribune Tower last week after a month's illness . . . Dudley 
Faust shifted from berth as assistant CBS' Western network sales, man- 
ager to post on N. Y. CBS net sales staff. No replacement has been 
named for the Chi job . . .Fairfax Cone, Foote, Cone & Belding board 
chairman, appointed University of Chicago trustee, .Jeff Wade, Wade 
agency radio-TV Chief, and Les Waddington, Miles Lab radio-TV top- 
per, planed to Coast last week for a look-see at Miles radio properties 

. Harold (Red) Grange to do play-by-play of Chi Bears-Philadelphia 
Eagles exhibition game Sunday (10) via WMAQ for Standard Oil . . 
New edition of Chi NBC public affairs topper Judith Waller's text on 
the radio and teevee industry, Radio— The Fifth Estate^ hits the racks 
this week. . . .Aaron Foosner, cx-Variety mujgg, up from Florida for a 
Chi visit . . .. Soprano Nancy Carr to headline Mutual’s “Chicago The- 
atre of the Air” Saturday (9). i . .Robert Harrington, manager of WSVA, 
Harrisonburg, Va,, checked -ip to Chi NBC headquarters on biz. . 
Clifton Utley, Chi NBC radio and teevee commentator, temporarily 
knocked out with a penicillin reaction . . . . J. A. Campbell moves to 
newly-established LeValley agency branch office in Louisville, Ky., to 
service the Frank Fehr Brewing Co. account . . . . Chi NBC veepee I. E. 
(Chick) Showerman off on his vacation. . . .CBS correspondent Bill 
Downs enroute from Korean assignment to Washington spending a few 
days this week visiting Windy City friends .... Autobiography of Lee 
de Forest, inventor of the electron tube, out this week. . . .Bill Wyatt, 
from the N. Y. office of Forjoe station rep firm, gets in this week to 
take over management of Chi office, replacing Bob Balfour now in Japan 
as a Navy officer. 





Mgr. for Albany’s WPTR 

Albany, Sept. 5. 

Dick Mills, for the past year fea- 
tured disk jockey at WEOK in 
Poughkeepsie, has been appointed 

program manager of WPPR by 
general manager Robert L. Coe. 
He will also do a deejay show twice 


Mills started as a singer at 
WHOM, New York, going from 
there to KMOX, St. Louis. Since 
then he has been a record rounder,; 
singing emcee and program direc- 
tor for stations in Newburgh, N. Y.j 
Pittsfield, Mass., Burlington, Vt, 
and Bridgeport. Mills also has 
worked in night clubs. 




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IN WASHINGTON . . . 

Clark Thornton, radio and TV announcer for WMAL-ABC, ex of KLZ 
in Denver, has been called back into Army service as Signal Corps 
| major. . . Reversing the national trend, WWDC manager Ben Strouse 
i announces addition of two more giveaway shows, bringing daily station 
| total to five . . . .Vincent Callahan, ex-Treasury Bond Division radio top- 
! per, though on leave of absence from WQQW in order to do war work, 

! has been elected to the “Blue Book” station’s board of governors and 
I will serve as consultant. . , .Bill Herson, ayem man for WRC-NBC, 
will add a daily afternoon TV stint to his schedule starting Sept. 25 ... . 
.Ditto for Nancy Osgood, WRC director of femme programs, who takes 
ion a twice weekly patter- interview-products* display video show Sept. 

: 26. . . .NBC-TV Washington cameraman (Camel Caravan, Battle Report, 

• Washington News Review) Bemie Dresner, off on a fortnight’s vacation 
! . . . . WCFM, town’s co-op station, holding a press conference today to 

preview its new music programs. . . .Mrs. ImOgene Putnam has been 
promoted from director of special events at WCFM to program man- 
ager, replacing Sid W. Slappey, who becomes commercial manager for 
station .... Robert McCormick, NBC-TV news commentator, presented 

• to Mrs, Nayar the last films taken of her husband, M. K, Nayar, press 
; attache of India, who was killed in Korea while on duty as U. N. liaison 

officer. . , .Art Brown, WWDC disk jockey, inked by International Assn, 
of Ice Cream Manufacturers to emcee their variety show in Atlantic City 
Oct. 19>- succeeding Jack Carson, last year's emcee, 


sizing that any final opinion must 
come from attorneys, he noted that 
it first must be determined “if 
any organized attempt is being 
made to keep certain people off 
the air.” If that can be proved, 
he said, “we must then ascertain 
to what extent they exercise con- 
trol and then what we can do about 
it” 

Illegal Censorship 
/ According to Rice, censorship 

until now has always been consid- 
ered a governmental action, exer- 
cised by the municipal, istate or. 
Federal .authorities. Based on 
that, he said, it was always pos- 
sible to determine whether such 
action is illegal under the Consti- 
tution. But, he pointed out, no 
radio or TV sponsor is legally oblir 
'-gated. -to "employ a certain actor for 
a role and, if there is an organ- 
ized boycott among sponsors 
against certain performers which 
could be construed as censorship, 
there are no laws governing the 
situation and thus no legal prece- 
dent on which to act. 

In addition, Rice said, it will be 
much more difficult to prove that 
any undercover boycott is in opr 
eration. An actor might simply be 
judged “not right” for a part, he 
said, and there would be no way 
of determining if some outside in- 
! fluence was exerted to force that 
decision. Theodore Kirkpatrick,, 
editor of Counterattack, the maga- 
zine which reportedly sparked the 
protests . against Miss Muir, told 
Variety this week that it would 
have been impossible fpr the per- 
sons who protested to determine 
her guilt or innocence of tye 
charges but maintained that; once 
the protests had been lodged, it 
was the responsibility of the spon- 
sor to determine whether her civil 
rights were in jeopardy. 

“Any citizen has the right to 
protest the appearance of some 
performer on the air if he objects 
to that appearance on any 
grounds,” Kirkpatrick said. “Citi- 
zens have the same right to switch 
their dials from one station to an- 
other if they don’t like a particular 
program.” 


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should sell Bonny Maid linoleum, rpealing and deft as his frau and 
Russell, who replaces Harold Herbert Rudley turned in a good 
Barry in the emcee slot, diH a neat characterization of the harried 
job of pacing the show, which had i pi^pgram manager, Vaughn Taylor 
for its opening guest headliSerj aftd^Jane, Seymour jfcoj 

— fu^^sjBand-and-sHfifit 
iall^sdljthe guyltAig 
Lee contributed an okay carl 
cature of a radio bankroller but 
Arthur O’Connell, as the "station 
f owner, stumbled through his lines 
and overdid the role. Bill Perrott, 
Ken Raymond. Harry Cooke and 


Janis Paige, of pix. MiSs fP^fee^ 
revealed neat feel for a Jyncvtin 
a ballad, and she gave the show a 
decorative touch also ' with her 
looks. 

The Delmars, man and woman, 
did neat balancing in the hand to 
hand stuff, while he Youman 
Bros, and Frances went through the 
standard musical imitations with 
their accordion, clarinet and violin. 

The bill's only other act, aside 
f coin the finale stint by Russell, 
was the low-down Latin hoofing 
and fire-eating of Leonardo <& 
Zola; who smashed over. 

Russell remains a versatile per- 
former, doing a finale song spot 
in which he did a minstrel take- 
off that would have been better 
had he some sort of production 
backgrounding.. As it was, he did 
the numbers in pleasant voice, but 
without blackface and the other 
accoutrements necessary to strike 
the real illusion; But that’s where 
modest budgets come in. Kahn. 




CBS-TV’s “Studio One’’ scored 
With its second show of the new 
season Monday night (4) via a 
pleasantly - relaxed production of 
“Look Homeward, Hayseed.” As 
adapted and produced by Worth- 


ing cast. 

Nickell’s Camera direction was 
tops in all directions and the sets 
by Richard Rychtarik were both 
authentic and eye-appealing. Betty 
Furness handled the Westihghou.se 
plugs in her standard okay fashion. 


& Mae provided a spirited tap 
turn and the Gaudsmith Bros. (2) 
made the most of their familiar 
dog act. The extra-curricular at- 
traction was the appearance Of 
golfer Sam Urzetta, national ama- 
teur champ, who drove a few pills 
out to the audience, Newsreel clips 
of the tournament gave him a good 
intro. New York’s acting Mayor 
Vincent Impelliterri made his first 
ideo aptea^&nge since taking of- 
ce, vviUiw vfelnpme to Urzetta, 

NBC-TV's^ eeverage of the semi- 
finals of the. National • Tennis 
Championships Monday (4) pro- 
vided court fans with some top- 
flight viewing,*, The three-and-a- 


Radio Reviews 


Continued' from page 26 


Jack Ewing topped a good suppOyt-.A hal^iour seS^fbn included the 


Ed Sullivan t r °Ued out some ex- 
cellent acts on Sunday's (3) “Toast 
of the Town” for . One of his 
superior shows. Stanza had a 
quality aura with good routining 
providing fine settings for the vari- 
ous performers. 

Sullivan is apparently expanding ! 
the program’s bankroll because of 
the stiff competition from the Col- 
gate show starting on NBC this 
Sunday. He prevued art imposing 
lineup . of subsequent shows which 
should help retain interest in the 
N. Y. Daily News columnist’s video 
activities. Investment in tele 
futures ■ includes appearinces of 
Frankie Laine, Gloria Swanson, 
Margaret Truman, Moira Shearer, 
Jane Froman, Billy Eckstine, King 
Cole, Lauritz Melchior, and others 


Margaret Osborne DuPont-Nancy 
Chaffee match and the Gardner 
Mulloy-Herbert Flam contest, both 
of which were see-sawing frays 
with plenty of action. 

Productionwise ... the coverage 
was distinguished by fine camera- 
work that provided good closeups 
on the service Shots both in the 
fore and rear courts and a long 
shot that kept both players in 
view. Play-by-play description by 
Don Budge was not as rapid as the 
typical diamond or grid sports- 
casting, but it was knowing, with 
Budge calling on his Own match 
experience to interpret strategy 
and tactics]; At the same time he 
frequently explained terms . and 
technique to 1 make the . battles in- 
teresting to viewers being intro- 
duced to the sport. Bill Stern 
added some color comment and 
spelled Budge for awhile. 

Technical crew had to contend 
with the Forest Hills stadium’s 
lack of a TV box, with the cameras’ 
position in the stands causing Ob- 
structions when spectators passed 
in front. Intermission interviews, 


strortgly touted throughout the 
broadcast. Though plugs just 
make for tiring listening to non- 
farmers, they probably get neat 
results from the overalls set. In- 
cidentally, each member of the au- 
dience who appears on the show 
is given a prize, which ranges from 
n y 1 on stockings to pressure 
cookers. Gros. 


in the top brackets. 

I,ast Sunday's show hewed to a wjth L ouise Brough and . Aussie 

ington: Miner from a story by John , Bne °f Providing, quality acts, Pro* ; K en McGregor, were particularly 
Ed Pearce, the. yarn told of' -a i-gram hopped- -off to. a. fast pace with ;• hampered ’'by; the passers-by and 
small radio station news commen- I the juggling exhibition of the i on g F angled shot, 
tator going stagnant, who finally , fronrMike 

got hts break as a last-minute sub ! Todd s Peep Show. Duo is one j 


for an early-morning farm hour 
announcer; Despite the fact -he’d 
never seen a farm, the guy be- 


j of the most skillful manipulating 
teams, and hit top reaction with, 
their dextrous antics. 



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; Continued from pagi 27; 


came an immediate success, which I Vine, who has appeared, on 

went immediately to his head, i “Toast” several times, took one of ....... 

Rest of the show told of the coil- : bis cafe and vaude sketches and watch, plus the opportunity to plug 
spiracy cooked up by his wife [ parlayed it into a good laugh ses- [ their shows. In all instances, the 
and the friendly program chief of i sion. . The courtroom bit, . done ; copy is written to match the partic- 
the station to break him of his as 


similated hayseed veneer to save 


with the assistance of Mack Pear - 1 u i ar personality. In not one in- 
son, isn’t an essentially good piece , stance have the networks, the 
their happy home. It made for [ of writing, but Vine’s vigorous pro- I agencies, the sponsors or the talent 
good vievying to wind qp the La- I jection gives it a top laugh rating, [ itself balked. It adds up to an- 


bor Day weekend. 

Show carried the usual stand- 
out production mountings associ- 
ated with Miner, including a fine 
job of direction by Paul Nickell 


ORCHESTRAS OF THE WORLD 
With Vienna Philharmonic Orch, 

Frank Gervasi 
55 Mins,, Sat.* 4:05 pan. 

Sustaining 
WQXR, N. Y. 

WQXR is presenting ® novel 
idea tied in with a relaxing 55- 
minute musical interlude via “Or- 
chestras of the World/’ : Produced 
and recorded by the Economic 
Cooperation Administration, this 
program was the first in a series 
of weekly concerts spotlighting 
different orchs from Marshall Plan 
countries. Initial broadcast; Satur- 
day (2), featured the Vienna Phil- 
harmonic Orch under the direc- 
tion’ of Rudolph Moralt, Musical 
offerings on preem, show' were 
the first three sections of Mozart’s 
“Eine Kleine Nachtniusik,” Shu- 
bert’s Symphony 5 in B flat 
and Franz Schmidt's opera “Notre 
Dame/’ 

During intermission Frank Ger- 
vasi, American correspondent, 
took over the mike for a. commen- 
tary on current conditions in Aus- 
tria, citing the tremendous help 
given the country by the Marshall 
Plan., However, Gervasi also 
noted that Austria is Still not yet 
back on her feet. These commen- 
taries by Gervasi Will be a weekly 
feature and will pertain to the 
various countries being repre- 
sented at the timd, Other coun- 
tries to be represented on the 
show include Italy, Sweden, 
France, the Irish Republic, Bel- 
gium, Greece, Holland, Denmark, 
Norway, Germany, England and 
Portugal. 

Saturday afternoon longhair 
dialers should find this show en- 
grossing. Gros. 

LADIES FAIR 

With Tom Moore; Porter Heaps, or- 
ganist 

Producer-director: Jim Billings 


about American audiences, who 
have patronized such films as 
‘Song of Bernadette/ *Goin’ My 
Way* ‘Bells of St. Mary’s’ and 
’The Next Voice You Hear/ She 
saluted “the good taste” of the 
producers and writers who made 
them ; “I hope we can look for 
more of the same kind.” 

She attributed the occasional 
sensationalized stories about one 
of her colleagues to “personal sin, 
which is always ugly «and of Which 
all are sometimes guilty.” She 
underlined that pictures are sold 
on stars’ names and that the in- 
fluence of their behavior must 
therefore be for the good. 



Continued from page 25 


Tandem”; Arturo Toscanini and 
the NBC Symphony Orchestra on 
Monday nights 10 to 11; Phil Har- 
ris-Alice Faye and “Duffy’s Tav- 
ern,” which will be bracketed 
Thursday nights 9:30 to 10:30; an 
hour-long version of “Screen Di- 
rectors Guild”, with Cecil B. de- 
Mille at the helm, for Friday nights 
9 to 10, and the mysterioso parlay 
of “Man Called X” and “Dangerous 
Assignment” fOr Saturday night 8 
to 9. . 

Question asked in the trade is 
whether radio, after a 30-year es- 
tablished “format,” will adapt it- 
self to a brand new operational 
concept. Also, whether Sponsors, 
for years conditioned : to solo 
identification with programs, Will 
go for the idea of sharing the 
shows with other products. 

But NBC feels it’s got one of the 
vital answers to re-patterning ra- 
dio for the TV future. 


Name value of the show was con- other plug for their programs; for i 30 Mins.; Mon.-thru-Fri., 1 p.m 


Bulova it’s the star-studded click of ! (CDT) 


tained in the Ink Spots, who made 

two appearances On -this session, j Hi aHvprticjfnff career 
The Spots, the always, gave a grade ! advertising caieer, 

A performance with renditions, of ' . Idea was the brainchild of Terry 

Clyne, account exec on the Bulova j 


shenanigans on last, year’s “Sat- 
urday Night Revue” for NBC, reg- 
istered solidly as the announcer 
turned hick. Janet Ward was ap- 


CO-OP 

MUTUAL, from Chicago 

and agoodcast ~ Darticularlv "Vn i “Everybody Loves. My Baby,” “I’d Clyne, account exec on toe «mova ! ail HPp r nc^ aUS narHcina W ^hn 

the leads. Tom ’ Avera, straight j Highest Mountain” ancl W cH 0 g hUv U under ^^^he [ “Ladies Fafr” moves into its sec- 

man to some of Sid Caesar’s | Feet s to ° Bl g- i deal ty ond season with the same sturdy 

Maria Neglia provided a session cost entailed in filming^ the TV ^ appeaL Show is bu t lt ar0 und em- 

of trick and straight fiddling. The spots (both in N. Y. and . on tpe r cee «j*om Moore and the flock of 

girl works the cutgut effectively for , Coast) and recording the AM ■■fe^rne visitors he gets up to the 

top returns. Dance Team' of Winik plugs. mike. S eg men t is loaded with 

games and devices and, in the 
main, moves along briskly, 

On the frame caught, Moore 
kept the ladies busy vying for 
prizes in a series of quizzes, most 
of which used musical questions 
featuring Porter Heaps at the or- 
gan. Stanza was aired before an 
enthusiastic studio audience, 

Moore’s jovial emceeing, which 
is markedly free of cuteness, is the 
thread that holds the melange to- 
gether. In less adept hands, the 
format could misfire into a noisy 
hodgepodge. 

Second quarter-hour of show is 
sponsored by Miles as a lead-in to 
its succeeding “Queen for a Day” 
strip. Jack Callaghan’s -handling of 
the drug firm’s well -targeted com- 
mercials was smoothly professional. 

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Loretta Young, in a talk on 
“The Actor, and the Nation” via 
the Catholic Hour over NBC Sun- 
day (27), set a precedent. It was 
th e first appearance of a worn an 
[on the program in more than 20 
years of existence. It yvas also one 
of the finest tributes to the basic 
goodness of Hollywood and show 
business that had ever been voiced 
on a religious broadcast. 

Speaking Of “the positive side” 
of the film capital— because “it is 
the least well known” — Miss , 
Young cited these figures: 79% ( 
are married; 70,1% have never 
been divorced; 60% have children; ; 
63% attefhd church regularly; 83% 
voted at the last election; 73% are [ 
participants in local civic, church i 
arid college movements; 88% aver- | 
aged $22 annually in contributions 
to charity, “compared with the na- 
tional average of $4.” .! 

Miss Young cited Pope Pius XI’s 
encyclical on recreation, “which 
must be morally healthy and 
wfiich must stimulate noble sent!- ' 

Lmpnt - - - fihe- 

^v? To worry to 


ably do not have to be told that 
the word ‘smear’ is defined here 
as an attack on Communism.” The 
Kelley-Amoury letter scoring the 
council was sent to members by 
the council itself, after a request 
by Kelley and Miss Amoury citing 
a court decision giving ail mem- 
bers access to membership lists. 
That decision w r as won several 
years ago by left-wing elements irk 
the Authors League. 

League, parent body of RWG, 
was brought into the tiff last week 
when the two members petitioned 
the League to review Kelley’s cen- 
suring. They charged that the Cen- 
sure action W'as “illegal” because 
“Only the League has the power to 
discipline a member.” 

Subsequent to Kelley’s resigna- 
tion, Miss Amoury also exited, 
RWG exec secretary and counsel 
Jim Stabile has also resigned. At 
first he expressed disagreement 
with council policies* but after the 
RWG passed a Coast-initiated reso- 
lution for a war writers board, he 
agreed to stay until Taft-Hartley 
certification proceedings are com- 
pleted and said he and the coun- 
cil are in “complete accord/’ 

Rosoff’s Eyeing Late 

Evening Mike Trail 

Another New York eatery is 
about to hit the late evening mi- 
crophone trail with Rosoff’s talk- 
ing to WINS, N. Y., about a half- 
hour nightly gab and record show. 
Times Square restaurant is dick- 
ering with N. Y. Post columnist 
Earl Wilson and N. Y. Mirror col- 
umnist Nick Kenny; among others. 

RosofTs is planning the stanza 
to hypo its after-theatre biz. 
Whether it will be able to ink 
Kenny pr Wilson depends on the 
scribes* columnar commitments. 
Agency is Daniel E. Lewitt. 







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(Universal-International) 


Wednesday, September 6, 1950 



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Wednesday, September 6, 1950 


Television With a Sombrero 

— i^aiiiwMia Continued* from page 29 


that long since have* forgotten 
what sustaining time means. (In a 
city of 28 radio stations, XEW gets 
80% of the total audience.) 

Although Azcairaga’S Television i 
City got under way $lx years, ago; ' 
tile carrying-through process' Was 
beset by a succession ol'.ob^taclfe’s 
that more than once nearly spelled' 
disaster. First off, jfti'e Mexican 
government couldn’t decide wheth- 
er it wanted TV to be operated as 
private enterprise or as a govern- 
ment subsidy (hiving had some re- 
morse about letting radio get out 
of its hands and realizing that it 
was too late to do anything about 
it at this date ) A committee was 
named to explore . the problem, 
finally deciding that 
broadcasting pattern 
suited for TV in Mexico. 

Then followed / the protracted 
period of litigation while Azcar- 
raga went about the task of buying 
up countless properties for his 
video centre. Then the long pe- 
riod of uncertainty attending black- 
and-white vs. color television cued 
a cessation of activity, after con- 


struction work had already started, 
for Azcarraga didn’t want to find 
himself saddled with equipment 
that would have to be discarded. 
(With color now on the immediate 
horizon, Azcarraga is equipping 
all his studios for both methods of 
transmission.) 

Azcarraga ’s stake in film produc- 
tion and as one of Mexico’s leading 
exhibitors (with a syndicate of 20 
theatres in Mexico City alone, plus 
the pressures from HKO, which has 
a 50% interest in his Churubusco 
Studios set up four years ago) 
were other factors that forced 
Azcarraga to put his TV plans in 
camphor until this year. Only the 
framework of a building suggested 
Azcarraga’s dream. 

Rival Company 

Because of the delays, a rival com- 
pany, Roinulo O’Farrili’s XHTV, j 
has been getting in the initial TV ■ 
innings, having gone on the air i 
earlier this month with two hours j 
of daily programming; However, 
with the exception of picking Up 
the Sunday afternoon bull fights 
and some jai-alai games, virtually 
all the programming is confined to 
old pix. it’s generally accepted j 
that the full impact of video in , 
Latin America won’t assert itself 
until Azcarraga turns on the cam- 
eras and brings to video those 
same elements of showmanship 
that have made XEW the most suc- 
cessful entertainment medium of 
its kind in the whole of Latin 
America and have spiraled many 
performers into international re- 
nown. 

But despite the “phantom audi- 
ence” threat; the competition for 


system. And only last week Q’Far- 
rill revealed in a dispatch from 
Washington to his English-lan- 
guage daily in Mexico, the News, 
his plans for a' TV network to serve 
major (pities in -Mexico, He said a 
technlcM .survey wiTl $ie? :ihape;Vpy 
ftCA Victor on how- best to. expand 
service; 4#rohghqht v .v>M^i$ft and 
that within the next two years h is 
Mexico City operafcidn Will branch 
out to: Pueblo, Cuernavaca, Toluca 
and PachuCa. 

Latin- American Exchange 
Similarly, Azcarraga envisions a 
Mexico City-Vera Cruz link as 
something of the near future and. 
there’s talk that he plans four or 
... five TV stations along the border, 
-u ! 3nt more important are his plans 
was best s for a Latin-American exchange of , 
TV film programs, notably in the 1 
realm of educational programming, 
to embrace Venezuela, Argentina, 
Peru and Cuba, and also to in- 
clude United States and Canada. 
One of the comprehensive units in ] 
Azcarraga’s Television City is a ] 
vast studio that will turn out 16m ; 
TV films— a studio capable of hav- 
ing six stages, in action, with spe- 
cially designed walks for lighting 
equipment, cameras, etc. 

Most pretentious of all, however, 
are the four television theatres, 
each Seating as many as 1,500, with 
the seats constructed in stadium 
fashion similar . to a bull-fight 
arena, but only on ope side. For 
behind the Vast stage of each thea- 
tre will be separate, smaller stu- 
dios which can be operated by the 
same crew of technicians and to 
permit for continuous action. 

Every last detail is being at- 
tended to, including separate make- 
up rooms, underground and over- 
head avenues leading to the vast 
storage rooms, rooms where art- 
ists; sculptors, designers, etc., will 
be Constantly alerted to the scenic 
requirements of programs, special 
rehearsal rooms being leased . out 
to the advertising agencies (if 
Procter & Gamble or Colgage, for 
example — two of Azcarraga’s 
clients — want a cross-the-board 
soap opera, they will have exclu- 
sive use of the leased studios; 
There are even studios designed 
for a miniature laying out of the 
scenic needs, before moving on to 
the life-size studios). 

Television City will also house 
Azcarraga’s radio facilities, since 
it has outgrown its present quar- 
ters. 

; Last week Azcarraga gave the 
ad agency heads here a “sneak 
preview” of his TV City. These 
are the men (representing J. Wal- 
ter Thompson, Ruthrauff & Ryan, 
Foote, Cone & Belding, Grant, Mc- 
Cann-Erickson and Other top U, S. 
ageivcies having branches here) 


everybody works for one or an- 
other ad agency, For with every 
minute of every hour sold out, the 
interplay between the station and 
Uhe agency representing the client 
is constant. It’s the agency man 
who makes the talent decisions, de- 
cides what announcer is best suited 
to a program, what musical aggre- 
gation to use, and it’s the agency 
man who negotiates directly with 
the union . As’, such none of the 
talent is Von staff.” 


‘Iffy’ Color Nod to CBS 


any 


Continued from page 26 
delay in final 


he opposed 

standards: ; 

. . Such dislocation ana . incon- 
venience as Will necessarily be 
caused by the introduction - of a 
color system would be minimized 
action now. Such 


by definitive action now. 

Azcarraga’s concept of operation ■ dislocation and inconvenience 
in his 18 y fears as a broadcaster j would be magnified by the absence 


viewers will be plenty tougli. Four j who spend top coin in Azcarraga’s 
applications for channels have al- radio ventures and who Will have a 
ready been granted — to Azcar- j major stake in his commercial 
raga’s XEW and XEQ, to D’Far- j video operation. Unlike broad-' 
rill’s XHTV and the other to Von- • casting in the U. S., it’s a more 
sales Camarena, an . audio engi- 1 closely-knit relationship, 
neer wlio perfected Mexico’s first! There is little or no talent on 
TV camera for a* mechanical color i the staff of XEW, . Practically 




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has (been summed up. in one word— 
entertaihment-^and that’s what he 
envisions fob TV as well. Politicos 
are told to go peddle their ideo- 
logies to the newspapers,; or on 
street corners, or through loud 
speakers. Same applies to the re- 
ligious Clements. From 7 arm to 
signoff at midnight, the formula is 
strictly entertainment, which finds 
its expression chiefly in * music. 
And whether it’s the current craze 
for Mambo, or Tchaikovky, it’s 
all live stuff, with seldom more 
than two recorded stanza a day. 
As such, Mexico is a paradise for a 
Petrillo dedicated to the perpetua- 
tion of live music. Hundreds" of 
union card holders pass through 
XEW’s portals daily. 

If, as has become apparent in 
recent weeks, the financial moguls 
behind the Mexican film industry 
have suddenly become alarmed 
over what video might do to Mex 
pix business, Azcarraga doesn’t 
hold with such fears. His. for- 
mula is quite simple: (1) make 
good films; (2) evolve a TV patterp 
consisting primarily of short sub- 
jects that will not be in direct 
competition with the film industry. 
/As one who has a major stake in 
both, lie’s already devoted consid- 
erable time to the problem. 

About three weeks ago Andres 
Serra Rojas, head of the semi- 
official Banco Naclonal Clnemato- 
grafico, which furnishes the coin 
for most of the film trade, called a 
meeting of industry brass and ex- 
pressed the fear that_even with 
10,000 sets, the TV drain would 
deal a heavy blow to Mexico’s film 
houses and recommended a united 
industry protective bloc by nixing 
all offers to make pix for video and 
to prevent film players from per- 
forming on TV. 

Azcarraga . is convinced that pix 
and video can work together to the 
advantage of both. He refuses to 
believe that TV is solely respon? 
sible for the Hollywood lamenta- 
tions over declining boxoffice re- 
ceipts and thinks it is particularly 
significant that, in a country where 
TV has still to assert itself, most 
of the Hollywood films has been 
taking it on the chin in Mexico 
while Mexican pix are enjoying un- 
precedented popularity. It’s simp- 
ly a case, he maintains, where the 
Mex Aims are of superior quality. 
He's willing to wager that, When 
TV hits the bigtime here, the MeX 
film biz will continue to flourish, 
so long as the product is good, 
even as superior Hollywood films 
still pack 'em in in the United 
States. 


of final action during- the period ot 
indecision, the length of Which 
cannot be precisely determined at 

this time. / . . 

“Purchasers of new sets who 
would have had the option of ob- 
taining color sets immediately, if 
they so desired, will now be forced 
to elect either to purchase a set 
which will require conversion to 
color, or to await final action at 
some fuiture undeterminable date. 
Manufacturers; would haye been 
able to deVote their full television 
research facilities and energies 
towards the further improvement 
of one proven arid acceptable sys- 
tem (CBS) . . . instead of dissipat- 
ing! them in further attempts to 
surmount difficulties which may be 
inherent in non-field sequential sys- 
tems, such as those shown to exist 
in the systems demonstrated in this 
proceeding. Broadcasters would 
have been able to begin immediate 
experimentation with color pro- 
gramming techniques, assured of a 
progressively growing audience 
during the period of transition.” 

Meeting of Minds 

It can be expected that “a meet- 
ing of minds” will be called soon 
to decide whether it will be color 
now or later. Practically the en- 
tire manufacturing industry stood ; 
as one during the Commission’s 
color hearings in opposing the CBS 
system and in building adaptors in 
new sets to provide compatibility 
while final standards could be de- 
termined. However, there was tes- 
timony that the manufacturers 
would comply once they were given 
“a hint” that the CBS system 
would be adopted, 

Meanwhile, CTI prexy Arthur 
Matthews, who feels confident that 
his Uniplex system is “definitely 
superior” to the CBS system and 
can be demonstrated within the 
Commission’s deadline/ will have to 
wait on the manufacturers, in ef- 
fect, to give him permission to 
make good his prediction that CTI 
“will win in the last lap of the 
color video race.” Even RCA or 
G-E will require,/ the majority of 
the industry to back them up with 
adaptors in order to demonstrate. 

Paradoxically, a« final decision 
standardizing color immediately 
Will hasten development of the, tri- 
color tube; according to the FCC, 
yet the tube would be an almost 
certain essential of any new sys- 
tem. Adoption of CBS color now, 
the, decision declares, “Would fur- 
nish to manufacturers a real in- 


urday .(2) the chairman of the Sen- 
ate Commerce Committee said he 
was particularly gratified that the 
Commission unanimously agreed 
on the advantages of color over 
monochrome and its potentialities 
in opening up new fields in tele- 
vision. 

“The decision ” Johnson wrote, 
“brings very close , the day when 
this great new improvement in the 
ait will serve the American peo- 
ple.” 

The senator said that in “leav- 
ing the door partly ajar” thp deci- 
sion challenges the “ J ohnny-come- 
latelies” In color television “to pro- 
duce or step aside.” Moreover, he 
added, “it is in the best traditions 
of American democracy and the 
free enterprise system since it does 
not foreclose improvements arid 
advances which I am sure our 
American electronic science may 
bring out. I am sure the majority 
of the Commission will not per- 
mit this desirable approach to de- 
lay the commercial use of color. 
This will allay the fears of those 
who dissent on the grounds that 
finality now is essential.” 

Johnson expressed . commenda- 
tion to Coy and his colleagues ‘‘for 
a difficult job well done arid the 
progress made thus far. I know 
that every effort will be made to 
push forward rapidly the allocation 
decisions so that television will be 
made available- by many more mil-; 
lions of our citizens who are wait- 
ing patiently to have television in 
their homes.” 




i Continued from page 27; 


^confide that they’ve taken to talk- 
ing directly to the bankrollers be- 
cause of agencies’ “unnecessary 
stalling,” “optioning shows they 
haven’t, any intention of buying,” 
“dickering for programs on one 
network while buying one on an- 
other.” In the final analysis, they 
say, it’s the sponsor who will make 
the decision. This point is partic- 
ularly significant today, when, be- 
cause of the glamor of video, many, 
spenders want to have their per- 
sonal fingers in the pie. 

Another factor prompting the 
chains to go directly to the busi- 
nessmen is the changed industry 
picture: the push to lure new and 
small spenders; unconventional 
time-selling plans, such as NBC’s 
‘‘Operation Tandem”; the shifting 
(and problem-provoking) relation- 
ship between AM and TV; and the 
uncertain manufacturing and dis- 
tribution situation since the Ko- 
rean crisis. 



Continued from page 28 


Junction; Tex. — Work is expected 
i to start here on the town’s first 

.. . u ... „ standard broadcast outlet, Which is 

centive to build a successful ti i- ; expected to be on the air before the 

color tube as soon as possible. A ; end 0 f September. Co-owners 

real competitive advantage would ; James E, Calhoun and Callan Gra- 
accrue to the company that sue- 1 ham, local attorney and state rep- 
ceeded in bringing out such a . resentative from the 86th District, 
tube.” | will operate. Outlet is scheduled to 


Comr. Robfert Jones, who vigor- 


operate ort 1,450 kilocycles from 


servicing of tele shows is an expen- 
sive proposition. v Unlike radio; 
where once a show was set, a two 
or three hour rehearsal and pos- 
sibly one or two guest bookings 
were adequate, television offers a 
complexity of weekly problems 
such as finding writers, skits, per- 
formers and lighting, plus the in- 
creasingly vexing task of. getting 
guests thgt haven’t been used too 
Widely oil that medium. 

; , The pqper-work aspects of the 
various tele shows are also on the 
increase. ! Payrolls are on the up- 
grade. Clearances are becoming 
ah increasingly greater problem I se .® " ei 
arid variations in production rou- ! W1 1 ■ 

tine create the problem of getting 
a new set of performers arid writ- 
ers periodically. 

The percenteries are finding the 
handling of a video display to be 
an expensive proposition. Last 
year, most of the agencief dipped 
into the red. However, generally 
larger budgets will enable the vari- 
ous offices at least to come out 
ahead. 


Columbus, O. — Rhea McCarty 
Ahn, former Women’s commenta- 
tor for WTVN and newscaster for 
WELD, has been named executive 
secretary of. the Ohio Develop- 
ment and Publicity Commission. 
Mrs, Ahn at one time worked on 
Cleveland newspapers. 


ously opposed any delay in adopt - 1 6 a.m. to 10 p m, and from 12 mid- 
ing the CBS system, thought the [ night to 4 a.m. 
quicker standards are set the quick- 1 1 - 1 ■ . ■ ! 
er the industry will develop the 
equipment to get color to the pub- 
lic. If standards are adopted now, 

Jones declared in his separate 
opinion, the apparatus situation 
will be as follows; 

“In the first place, color tele- 
vision. up through 12-inch pic- 
ture, would be available to the 
American public immediately. Ex- 
isting black and; white set owners 
would have the opportunity to con- 
vert these sets so that, they could 
receive pictures in color. Those 
potential set owners and existing 
set owners who did not desire to 
see field sequential color in color 
in a position to view these 
transmissions in black and white 
on receivers of any size the indus- 
try may build. But more important 
than anything else is the fact that 
' once standards have been set, the 
television industry will then have 
the stimulus to develop one or. 
more types of direct-view elec- 
tronic tubes. Arid in addition, per- 
sons such, as Dr. (Ernest) Law? 
rence will have an immediate- in- 
centive to work on tubes. . . 

Sen. Edwin C. Johnson (D.-Colo.), 
who has been a persistent prodder 
of the FCC to bring color televi- 
sion to the public, regardless of 
the complicated problems involved, 
lost no time in congratulating the 
agency on having reached a deci- 
sion. In a “Dear Wayne” letter 
to Commission chairman Coy Sat- 



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Inside Stuff-Radio 

Rundown of what is considered one of the best announcing staffs in 
Pittsburgh, that of WWSW, only indie 5,000- watter in the town, reveals 
that most of the boys came to radio from widely diversified fields not 
even remotely connected either in background or training with broad- 
casting business. 

Jan Andree, considered among the best of the local disk jocks was 
an investigator for the Juvenile court in Pittsburgh when he first got 
mike-happy. Phil Zinkand drifted into announcing straight from a job 
with the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board. He was first a clerk and 
then had charge of the booze displays in store windows. Joe Tucker 
recognized as the ace sportscaster on the local scene, took his first 
audition for the job nearly 15 years ago while a suit salesman at Frank 
and Seder, downtown department store. Ray Schneider, head an- 
nouncer, studied engineering ^nd intended to follow that line wlvw 
he detoured into radio back in the ’thirties. Johnny Davis used to be 
a clothes model and while Jimmy Fitzgerald was once a boy actor in 
microphone playlets, he left to study for the priesthood, giving that 
up only recently to become an announcer. 

Only three of the WWSW announcers, Rege Cordic, Art Pallan and 
Mike Marlow, virtually cut their eye teeth on radio, and have known 
no other work, coming to the station direct from high school. 

One broadcast in Rudy Vallee’s transcribed series for WOR, N. Y., 
was deleted last week (and another platter substituted) because it con- 
tained a review of "Behind the Flying Saucers,” new tome by Frank 
Scully. WOR Officials said they nixed the show because of Vallee’s 
enthusiastic endorsement of the volume, which “authenticated” the 
theories in the book. (See review in Literati section,) Station said it 
had no objection to Vallee’s doing a review, but that it should be 
“objective.” Spokesmen said they feared endorsement of Scully’s the- 
ories might “scare” listeners. 

On the other hand Dorothy Kilgallen (Dorothy & Dick) did an in- 
teresting review of the book on their Sunday (3) broadcast, with ifus- 
band-partner, Dick Kollmar, tongue-in-cheeking her enthusiasm. The 
newspaper-trained half of the Mr. & Mrs. team, however, did a forth- 
right exposition of Scully’s volume, predicting, incidentally, that “it’s 
bound to be a bestseller.” 

The movement of longhair conductors becoming classical disk jockeys 
is reaching near-epidemic proportions. Now WOR, N. Y., is hanging 
out the help-wanted sign for a distinguished baton-wielder to take on 
platter-spinning chores. 

WNBC, N. Y., airs Arthur Fiedler, of the Boston Pops, and Leopold 
Stokowski, quondam head of the Philadelphia orch, while WQXR, N. Y., 
beams a transcribed series with Sir Thomas Beecham, the noted Brit- 
isher. Sir Thomas, incidentally, has just joined the American Federa- 
tion of Radio Artists and is . claiming title as the only Knight on the 
union’s jockey roster. 


Memphis— Helen Parker, private 
sec to Mayor Watkins Overton 
here, has resigned her post to take 
over as women’s director with 
WHBQ, Memphis’ Mutual outlet. 
Miss Parker is no newcomer to 
local radio row as she formerly 
aired several shows with WMC, . 
local NBC outlet, and WMPS, 
Memphis ABC affiliate. She will 
direct all women programs and 
j spiel a daily morning stint in her 
I new spot. 


RADIO-TELEVISION 


Philadelphia, Sept. 5, 
Temple University’s technical 
institute, a division of the Com- 
munity College, will offer courses 
in television and radio at five off- 
campus, units during the coming 
school year. 

More than 400 day and evening 
students are to be enrolled for the 
classes, which begin Sept. 25. 


Story Properties 

i=: Continued from pare 28 a— 

which he did in the Metro film, 
but might also turn the part over 
to a promising new actor if he can 
find the right one. I 

Philco’s Kickoff 

Coe tees off the Philco series 
Sunday night (10) with an adapta- 
tion of Maxwell Anderson’s • “High 
Tor,” co-starring Alfred Ryder and 
Felicia Monteleagre. Succeeding, 
programs, which are aired, weekly ,- 
will include Jerome Weidman’s 
“Long Run,” starring Francis 
Lederer; -pear Guest and Ghost,” 
adapted from a Sylvia Dee hovel 
and starring Josephine Hull and 
Barry Nelson; “Touch of a Stran- 
ger,” adapted by Joseph Liss from 
a story by Whitfield Cook, and 
“The Vine That Grew on 50th 
Street,” scripted by Nelson Olm- 
stead, who will also be featured in 
the cast. 

- Sixth show, for Oct. 15, has not 
been set, but subsequent ones will 
include “Wacky, the Small Boy;” 
“Trial of Aaron Burr,” an original 
by Hoffman Hayes which will star 
Everett Sloane; “Bonanza,” to be 
adapted from the play by Ben Mar- 
tin; “Husband For Mama,” and 
“The Man Who Got Away With It.” 
Coe explained that, while the list 
includes some originals, the stress 
will continue to be placed on pub- 
lished works. He added that he 
cannot utilize any properties that 
have ever been filmed because the 
Philco shows are kinescoped for 
transmission on non-interconnect- 
ed outlets. 

Montgomery series^ incidentally, 
is to originate , .from NBC studios 
3A and 6A in Radio City, N. Y„ 
instead of the WOR-TV studios at 
the ABC-TV centre, N. Y., site of 
last year’s productions. Orchestra 
and commercials will be housed in 
6A and the cast in 3A. Montgomery 
said the two studios will provide 
him with as much space as he had 
last year. Despite that, he plans 
to move into NBC’s 8H as soorras 
it is converted from radio to TV 
use. Space in the latter studio, he 
said, will be “the answer to a pro- 
ducer’s prayer” and he plans to try 
out several new production tech- 
niques when he moves there. 


For Wide Test Survey in Frisco 


Twin City Stations Get 
In Promotion Licks At 
Minnesota State Fair 

' * ' • . ’ . . « « i 

Minneapolis, Sept. 5. 

- The Minnesota State Fair Aug. 
26 through Sept. 4 seems to have 
been the fall medium for promo- 
tion, at least the kickoff for new 
radio activities. Four twin cities 
stations took this advantage to 
meet their audiences, skedding 
State Fair originations and special 
projects promotion-wise. Three 
indie Operations, WDGY, WMIN, 
and KEYD, covered fair events 

from grandstand, midway, liver 
stock and educational exhibits. 

WDGY had newscaster John 
Leslie on hand for special events, 
news and interviews. The 50,000 
watt indie also bombarded the 
crowd with latest news via mimeo- 
graphed flasheasts. Flashcasts were 
similar to Army-Navy orientation 
news sheets issued at Washington 
& Lee Info School during last war. 

WMIN, 250 watt indie, originated 
eight, 10 and 15 minute shots daily 
except Sunday with special eveiits 
man Norm Page taking the listen- 
ers to the fair. 

KEYD, another Twin Cities in- 
dependent, keyed all its fair pro- 
motion around folk-singer Slim 
Jim. - / 

WCCO, Columbia Twin Cities, 
set more than 15 hours of pro- 
grams from the Agriculture-Horti- 
culture building. In addition 
WCCO State Fair promotion in- 
cluded a booth 20 feet long by 
eight feet deep, where 60 mem- 
bers of the station staff shared, 
on rotation basis, duties of meeting 
the public. Broadcasts included 
Cedric Adams noon news daily, arid 
a special State Fair series of farm 
programs with Bob Dehaven and 
Larry Haeg, WCCO farm service 
director. 


The Special Test Survey Com- 
mittee of Broadcast Measurement 
Bureau voted last week that the 
originally proposed study of local 
audience measurement, which was 
to have, been made in the Sail 
Francisco-Oakland area, will be 
broadened, instead of setting* up 
any one service, method, area or 
time as a standard, all systems will 
now be appraised. 

The BMB group will deal With 
telephone coincidental, diary, ros- 
ter-recall, house-to-house coinci- 
dental and continuous mechanical 
or electronic methods. To push the 
project, the committee is calling 
for additional information from the; ^ 
nose-counting services and may 
conduct its own independent field 
investigations. 

Project was incepted some 
weeks ago when RGBS, Frisco, pro- 
posed a test of audience measur- 
ing methods in its area. In the ex- 
panded evaluation, reps of the rat- 
ing services will have observer , 
status. 

At last week’s meeting, special . 
tabulations from C. R, rfooper and 
The Pulse, Inc., were examined, 
and it was found that both yield 
different results even when the two 
organizations confined their study * 
to telephone homes in identical 
areas. The BMB group concluded 
that the differences, occurring in, 
identical areas with Comparable 
samples, must therefore be attrib- 
utable to differences in method. 
Now the committee will look into 
the significance of the differing : 
telephone and recall methods. Next 
meeting will be held Sept. 15. 

MBS Sets ‘Game of Week* 

Patterning it after its successful 
“Game of the Day” co-op ballcasts. 
Mutual will launch a college foot- 
ball “Game of the Week” show fyr 
Saturdays, starting Sept. 23, / 

Web is also incepting two 15- 
minute sports co-ops: “Tomorrow’s 
Football” on Fridays at 7:15 p.m, 
and “Football Results,” Saturdays 
at 7 p.m. 


rudy vallee 


HE COMES BACK WITH A BANG - ON WOR 








says HARRIET VAN HORNE, 

famed radio columnist for New York’s 
“World Telegram”! 

“He is head and shoulders above most disc 
jockeys . . and he expresses himself in decent 
English . His stones are fascinating ” 


says Tl ME magazine: 

"For many a radio listener, it 

(“The Rudy Vallee Show”) was just like 

old times.” 


lays BILLBUMItV- 

"He's still a superlative 
showman and probably the 
most consciously literate 
disc jockey in radio” 


That, gentlemen, is the press. And what the press 
says is well borne out by such sage sponsors as: 
Colgate; Lever Bros.; American Home Foods and 
many others who sponsor him at 11:1 5 AM on WOR. 

Remember . . • 

Rudy Vallee can be bought at low cost to produce 
high results* 

He’s a merchandising natural. 

He’s wise io thtr ways of influencing thousands 
of listeners. ' 


call, writ* or wire 


WOR 


—that power -full atation 

at 1440 Broadway , In Now York 



Wednesday, September 6, 1950 



LEOT MUSICALS 



DISK SADDLE 



t>eeca prexy Milton R. Rackmil 
Is another 'who sees the inevitabili- 
ty of one new speed for phono- 
graph records all over again, 
although it niay be a long time 
coming because of the public’s 
extraordinary investment in 10,- 
: 000,000 new machines in 1946-47. 
Those are the official statistics of 
the radio-phonograph trade asso- 
ciations which showed that many 
combination machines sold in those 
two years, immediately following 
the war which had curtailed manu- 
facture of any new equipment. 

Since the 10,000,000 new com- 
binations comprise the majority of 
the 16,000,000 phonographs in the 
U.S., and since the hulk is still 
78 rpm, the horizons for a univer- 
sal speed are indefinite. But Rack- 
mil is committed to the idea that 
when and if that ‘‘one speed” 
comes it will be 45, i.e. the RCA 
Victor principle, rather than Co- 
lumbia’s 33Va rpm. 

His conclusions are in face of 
the fact that LP f 33 rpm) had the 
sales edge, and may still have even 
now, With some 20% of the mar- 
ket supporting 33rpm, whereas the 
45’s enjoy an estimated 12-15% 
of the trade. 

These ratios are based on a 

200.000. 000 platter turnover per 
annum. There is a discrepancy in 
figures, which might indicate . that 
this gross sale of disks against the 

16.000. 000 machines might mean 
that each machine only enjoys a 
12 or 13-per-phonograph average. 
In actuality, the average is much 
higher, around the 50 mark. The 
differential comes from possibly 
3-4,000,000 machines which are 
only occasionally dusted off, say 
for Xmas albums, Mother’s Day, a 
birthday, and the like. 

But it is a fact that there is a 
constantly replenishing market for 
new-speed customers, either via 
jacked-in radio and, TV jobs, or the 
new self-contained pop priced 
models. There were 1,300,000 ma- 
chines sold in 1949 for instance, 
many of these of course having 
provisions for the new speeds. 

While Rackmil encountered some 
frank resistance from his associ- 
ates in Decca, including the late 
Jack Kapp, founder — president of 
the firm, when he shut down three 
plants and cut off 20 distribution 

(Continued on page 48) 



Producers on Sales Due 



Producers of video-plx who have 
agreements with the American 
Federation of Musicians to pay con- 
tributions to the musicians’ trust 
fund are facing tough sledding in 
selling their product to agencies 
and program sponsors. Latter are 
taking the broadcasters’, position 
that agreements for royalty pay- 
ments “may set an unwise and un- 
sound pattern for the entire indus- 
try,” according to a recent state- 
ment by the American Assn, of 
Advertising Agencies. 

Shader Telescription Corp., one 
of the vidfil m producers which re- 
cently made k deal with the AFM. 
is, however, maintaining its posi- 
tion that musicians* as well . as 
other creative participants in a 
film, “are entitled to a fair reward 
for their contributions.” In a state- 
ment issued by Spader last week- 
end (2) , position was taken that 
royalty payments to musicians are 
similar In principle to the pay- 
ments made by broadcasters to the 
American Society of Composers, 
Authors and Publishers. 

Refuting the AAAA contention 
that royalty payments “are likely 
to impose a heavy burden of ad- 
ministrative detail on agencies,” 
Snader declares that its payment 
of 5% of gross revenue from the 
end sale of the films will involve 
no “collection complications.” Com- 
pany points out that the 5% will 
be taken off its end, with station 
time rates and other variable fac- 
tors not' being involved in their 
agreement. 


Wallerstein’ s Idea 

Columbia Records president 
Edward W a 1 1 e r s' t. e I n has 
similar views about “one speed 
Ultimately,” but he thinks it 
will be on 33 rpm if only for 
the. re aso n that “you . just 
can’t get enough music for air 
bums and symphonies on 45.” 

Wallerstein, however, reiter- 
ates that he never closed the 
door behind him and his com- 
pany as regards any of the 
other speeds. “I always said 
that if: the public wanted 33 
We’d give it to them, and if 
there’s a size 7% type of 
record ever made,, that our 
customers prefer, our busi- 
ness will be to give it to them.” 



Hollywood, Sept. 5. 

Several precedents are being 
trailblazed In . the music industry 
by the handling of the “Hopalong 
Cassidy” character as a crutch 
upon which to hang and exploit 
copy sales. J. J. Robbins Music is 
retailing coast-to-coast a folio of 
tunes which publisher has copy- 
righted as a dramatic work. This 
stunt hasn’t been pulled since Lou 
Levy’s Leeds Music did the same 
with Gordon Jenkins’ “Manhattan 
Tower.” 

Further, Robbins is marketing 
two pop tunes, “Hopalong Cassidy 
March” and “Hoppy, Topper & 
Me,” and plans to block any disk- 
ery from etching the material. 
Robbins himself has paid to have 
tunes waxed by 26-man orch a nd 
eight-voice choir. He’ll send copies 
to almost all the disk jocks, hoping 
the Wax-whirlers will spin mate- 
rial into public demand for sheet 
music. Profits to a publisher or a 
writer are much greater from 
sheets than from shellac. This 
type of exploitation is entirely 
new. 

The standard U. S. copyright 
law holds that no one can etch a 
song commercially until licensed; 
once one version is licensed and 
marketed, rivals cannot be stopped 
from doing so providing royalties 
are paid. Robbins’ plan is to fore- 
stall plattering at the outset. Ilis 
own exploitation platters are not 
for sale, hence are not considered 
under performance-for-profit com- 
mercial status. 

All “Cassidy ’’-based tunes' are 
controlled by Nacio Publications, 
(Continued on page 47) 


ON PIRATING OF BOOKS 

Continuing its fight against 
copyright pirating, Music Pub- j 
Ushers Protective Assn, recently 
cracked down on the distribution 
of a bodk 'containing the entire 
choruses of a great many stand-, 
ards. Book, which was being sold 
to musicians at tabs ranging from 
$1.75 to $5, was also offered in 
quantity to a London concern 
through a New York outlet. . 

iMPPA first got wind of the book 
late last year and called in the FBI 
after a preliminary investigation 
by Arthur Hoffman, the associa- 
tion’s private investigator. Hoff- 
man and the FBI uncovered two 
sources for the books but neither 
person was prosecuted, in one 
case, 157 books were surrendered 
to the MPPA with * promise not 
to deal in pirated , books while, in 
the other, a vet -of the last War 
with a good previous record was 
involved, the FBI felt no useful 
purpose would be served in send- 
ing him to jail. 


In face of a flpck*jef top new 
musicals due on Broadway 
this season, pop music publishers 
are currently concerned about their 
chances for getting records on their 
tunes this; fall and winter. Pre- 
dicament of the pop pubs in the up- 
coming season is pointing up the 
fact that show and film scores are 
now in the saddle of the music 
business, with other numbers fac- 
ing tougher obstacles. 

Disk releases by all the major 
companies and most of the large 
indies during this season are ex- 
pected to be dominated by the 
tunes from “Call Me Madam,” with 
songs from Irving Berlin; “Guys 
and Dolls,” with songs by Frank 
Loesser; “Anna and The King of 
Siam” ( Richard Rodgers and Oscar 
Hammerstein II); “Top of the 
World” (Cole Porter); “Toyland” 
(E. Y. Harburg, Fred Saidy and 
Harold ; Arlen ) , in addition to sev- 
eral other musicals. 

Diskery artist and repertory 
chiefs are already gearing their 
waxing schedules for complete cov- 
erage of the show tune hits with 
their leading artists. Pop music 
pubs, meantime, are facing the 
prospect of cooling their heels in 
the a&r anterooms vyhile the show 
tunes are getting the top treatment. 

Some publishers are already get- 
ting a polite refusal from the disk- 
ery chiefs because of their loaded 
schedules. “How are We going to 
squeeze your song in on our re- 
lease chart?,” a publisher was told 
by an a&r chief who ran down the 
arm-long list of show tunes he was 
planning to cut in the fall. It’s ex- 
pected that only , top numbers will 
get a hearing fromi the a&r depart- 
ments to fill in after the legit and 
film tunes are waxed. 

Some of the pubs are now bank- 
ing on the smaller .diskeries to put 
across their tunes. Once a number 
breaks on a minor label, past ex- 
perience shows that the major 
labels will climb on it even if it 
means expanding their release 
schedule. 



Hollywood, Sept. 5. 

Otto Harbach makes his first trek 
to the Coast as ASCAP prexy Sept, 
2.8 to attend the semi-annual meet- 
ing of Coast members at the Bev- 
erly- Wilshire hotel. He will be 
accompanied by ex-president Fred 
Ahlert to deliver financial and 
state-of-the-organization messages. 

Date for the session Was set by 
L. Wolfe Gilbert, official Coast rep 
for writer element of the society, 
before training to New York to sit 
in on ASCAP classification meet- 
ing to ready a new rating system 
for . presentation to the Govern- 
ment for final consent decree clear- 
ance. 






Columbia Records, which re- 
cently edged into the 45 rpm field 
on an experimental basis, is cur- 
rently widening its entry into the 
pop market with that speed. Disk- 
ery is propping national 45 rpm re- 
lease on several new pop releases, 
including Sam my Kay e*s disk con- 
taining “Sugar Sweet” and “Har- 
bour Lights.”. Disks by Harry 
James orch, which recently inked 
a new pact with Columbia, will 
also be issued in the new speed. 

Columbia is banking on Kaye to 
click under its label in the 45 rpm 
field since the bandleader was one 
of top-selling artists for Victor be- 
fore he switched affiliation. Big 
sales 6f Kaye on 45 rpm disks is 
seen helping the way for national 
acceptance of all Columbia pop re- 
leases when diskery decides to 
plunge fullscale into the 45 rpm 
field. Although Col is still shying 
clear of making any sweeping con- 
version to 45’s, that development is 
now accepted as inevitable in the 
trade. 

Columbia has been testing the 
45 rpm market to date with only 
two releases, one by Frank Sinatra 
and the other by The Mariners, in 
six markets covering Baltimore; 
Washington, Dallas, Albany, Kan- 
sas City and Milwaukee. Upcoming 
releases on 45’s will get full na- 
tional distribution. 


Hollywood, Sept. 5. 

“The^$64 Question” lias become 
a part of the standard American vo- 
cabulary in the last 10 years; It 
has also, in the shorter span of 
three years, become a terrific head- 
ache to the American Federation of 
Musicians. 

Latest call for aspirin was in the 
form of a letter from Phil Fischer, 
radio and video rep of AFM Local 
47, to bossman James C. Petrillo 
urging quick action to. halt what 
might become a trend— -the lopping 
off of musicians from network pro- 
grams. “The $64 Question,” long 
known as “Take It or Leave It,” has 
been gradually whittling down the 
number of sidemen for the last 
three years* Last week, the final 
blow felL The program fired the 
remaining five sidemen, announc- 
ing that henceforth platters will be 
used where necessary for musical 
questions, 

Fischer feels that changes in the 
copyright laws .might be in order 
to halt the platter practice, which 
could kill off musicians on radio. 
AFM rep says a performing rights 
regulation is vital to protect the 
livelihood of the sidemen. 

Coast radio programs* have been 
cutting sidemen for some time. 
“Carnation Hour,” for example, 
currently is using 12 less sidemen 
than it employed two seasons ago, 
and Fischer mournfully adds he 
has a list of similar situations with 
other programs. 


Stryker to S. America 

Fred Stryker, head of Fairway 
Music, for which Happy Goday has 
become sole selling agent for one 
year tinder a new deal, is going to 
South America for several months 
on business. 

He plans to remain in the music 
business upon his return from 
south-of-the-border. 


RADIO-TV-PHONO SALES 

Following the recent reshuffle of 
elxec sales personnel at London 
Records, Daniel R. Borne has re- 
signed as exec vice-prexy and will 
move into a n o t h e r division of 
j prexy E. R. (Ted) Lewis' hpjdings. 

! Berne; who remains as a directoi; 
l and advisor to the diskery, , will 
1 ’handle sales of radio-TV phono 
sets, marine radar equipment and 
motors for the ; London Grama- 
phone (Corp. ahd its affiliated com- 
panies. No appointment to , the va- 
cated post of exec vice-prexy is be- 
ing made, 

Berne's shift was made by Lewis, 
currently visiting the U. S. Lewis 
leaves for his London homeoffiee 
on the- Queen Elizabeth Sept. 21. 
Berne is planning to make a South 
American trip to establish outlets 
for the London products in the 
company’s move to extend its ac- 
tivities in that area. Berne was 
formerly with a Latin- American 
export firm. 


In a new move to crack down on 
price-cutting by retailers, Columbia 
Records has moved to fair-trade its 
merchandise under the provisions 
of the New York State Feld-Craw- “ 
ford act. Step represents another 
attempt by Columbia to uproot the 
persistent practice of some -mer* 
chants to offer substantial discounts 5 .; 
on current; records, particularly in 
the longhair line. 

The big retailers in New York, 
including several of the large de- 
partment stores, have been putting 
heavy pressure on the major disk- 
eries to halt the prlce-jcutting. One 
department store has threatened 
to start a pricer-cutting war on its 
own hook in retaliation for the 
flock of small sidestreet retailers 
who have been offering discounts 
from 30% to 50% on longhair long- 
playing disks. 

Columbia, to date, has been mak- 
ing a single-handed but unsuccess- 
ful fight to halt the discount prac- 
tice. Latest step puts the Colum- 
bia company directly into the fight, 
since previous moves were han- 
dled by Col’s distribj Tirnes-Colum- 
bia* . Price-fixing of Col’s merchan- 
. disc *■ will be limited to New York 
state, and possibly extended to 
other states where price-fixing leg- 
islation is possible. There are no 
national price-fixing laws. 

Columbia previously attempted 
to crack down on Sam Goody; one 
of the largest New York outlets 
for discounted records. While 
diskery several months ago with» 
held its merchandise from Goody, 
it was unable to prevent the re- 
tailers from getting sufficient rec- 
ords to continue normal business;? 
Through shipments of records., 
from out-of-town distribs and 
through buying through other out- 
lets, retailers have been able to 
get all the disk needs to supply 
the trade. 

Other diskeries, meantime, have 
been “tying their shoelaces” while 
the price-cutting has been going 
on. Execs of some of the bigger 
indie companies are frankly skep- 
tical that any price-fixing measures 
can be effective; Legally and. prac- 
tically, price-cutting has become 
one of the regular features of the 
record business, according to some 
trade execs. They point out that 
the majors themselves opened the 
door to price-cutting several years 
ago when they sanctioned liquida- 
tion sales of old albums with dis- 
counts ranging up to 60%. 


. . Dave Kapp, Decca vice-prexy, re- 
turns to New York next week after 
holding recording sessions on the 
Coast. ; 


Evasion of Network 
Scales Plugged On 
Touring Orch Remotes 

Hollywood, Sept* 5. 

New minimum scale for side- 
men in traveling orch playing 
regular network radio programs 
goes into effect Sept. 15 as a result 
of a drive by AFM Local 47. Reso- 
lution number 53, empowering the 
union to enforce the scale, was 
drawn up by Maurcy Paul and pre- 
sented at the national convention 
by John de Groen, Phil Fischer 
arid Ray Menfeenick. 

Object of the resolution was to 
plug' the loophole by which name 
bands, >; w£re avoiding payment of 
regular radio scale by sliding from 
one city to another. As an example, 
an orch currently playing Los An- 
geles cou Id trek down to Long 
Beach and play the airer from 
there. There are many communi- 
ties in which the radio scale is $3 
although it is adjacent to a large 
city where the .scale might be $45 
per half-hour. 

New resolution calls for a fiat 
$33 per man scale for a 30-minute 
program requiring two hours or 
less of rehearsal, and $53 for a 
one-hour .show with four hours of 
rehearsal. Leaders get an added 
50% arid each sideman earns $3.75 
for each half-hour overtime or por- 
tion thereof. And if the prevailing 
rate in the vicinity of the broad- 
cast is higher than the scale set, 
the sidemen earn the higher rate. 



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ENCYC BR1TANNKA IN 
EDUC'L DISK TIEOP 

Chicago, Sept. 5. 
Encyclopedia Britannica Films 
is moving into recording field and 
will distribute name artists through 
non-profit channels/ Deal made 
with Columbia Records is first of 
projected series and has B.uri. Ives 
singing 120 folk tunear tied in /with 
American history, Vvhich A^Hl be 
distributed through schools and 
other institutions* 

EB spokesman sitid thijs^orm of 
educational endeavor * has b^eri 
practically uhtquctfed and other 
name stars will be used in tying 
in with educational film program. 


Valentine. Exits 3 Blazers 
To Head Up Own Combo 

Billy Valentine has exited as 
featured vocalist and pianist with 
Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers. 

Valentine, why joined the combo . 
early this year, plans to bow with 
his own group in mid-September. 
New outfit, when formed, will be 
booked by Shaw Artists Cprp. 

; v Valentine aisd recently-signed a 
three - year pact With f 
Records. 

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• • . • : ■ • fr * , 

Integrity Music Corn; chartered; 
to conduct a music ptmlisbirig and 
theatrical business in New Vork, 
with capital stock of 200 shares, 
no par value. 




Griff Williams Set 
For Frisco, I. A. Hotels 

Griff Williams’ orch leaves the 
Starlight Roof of the Waldorf-As- 
toria, N. Y„ tonight (Wed.) after 
a six-week stay Band goes into 
San Francisco’s Mark Hopkins ho- 
tel Sept. 13-29. Grew is also slated 
for a four-week, stand at the Cocoa- 
^it driven £.A., beginning Oct. 31, 

added a 

iiumpet^tyopaUst-arranger to his 
aggfb|^||||,/ Addition is; Les 
Grui$^^ his professional 

debut, • > 


Wednesday, September 6, 1950 


Tops of the Tops 

Retail Disk Best Seller 

“Goodnight Irene” 

Retail Sheet Best Seller 
“Mona- Lisa” 

“Most Requested” Disk 
“Goodnight Irene” 
Seller on Coin Machines 
“Goodnight Irene” 

Best British Seller 

“Bewitched” • 





ON SOME WAX WORKS 

Roanoke. 

Editor, Variety: 

As I believe I am the Originator 
of the type of program featuring 
old-time recordings ( Walsh’s Wax 
Works has been on the air since 
1939); ! should like to comment on 
Elie’s review of Terry Cowling’s 
“Wax Museum” from WCOP, Bos- 
ton. I take a bit of personal in- 
terest in this show since WCOP’s 
program manager, Gene King, 
wrote to me last year for informa- 
tion on how such a disk jockey ses- 
sion should be presented while the 
show was still under consideration. 

Obviously, y o u r reviewer 
couldn’t be expected to be 
a specialist in old records and 
may be pardoned technical in- 
accuracies. In saying that most of 
records used, by Cowling must be 
at least 25 years old" Tip much un- 
derestimates age of those' he men- 
tions. “The American Standard 
March” by the Edison band, was 
first recorded in the ’90’s, but since 
cylinders were frequently remade, 
there is no telling just when the 
copy played by Cowling came out. 
“The Bay State Quickstep,” 
plunked as a banjo solo by “The 
Banjo King,” Vess L. Ossman (not 
Cecil Osborn), goes back to around 
1900. The Len Spencer monolog 
of “Reuben Haskins’ Ride on a 
Cyclone Auto” is vintage of 1903, 
not 1908. Spencer, incidentally; 
was the first performer to win 
world-wide fame as a recording 
artist, his career beginning in 1889, 
when the Columbia company set 
up headquarters in Washington, He 
died in 1914. 

Elie picked a poor adjective 
when hfe . said that “My Old New 
Hampshire Home” was sung by 
two “obscure” artists. Perhaps he 
never heard of Albert Campbell 
and James F; Harrison, but mil* 
lions who bought records in the 
pre-electric era remember them af- 
fectionately, and thousands of col- 
lectors treasure their old disks and 
cylinders. Campbell, who died in 
1947, made records from 1892 to 
1930 and was best known as the 
partner of the late Henry Burr, 
with whom he made many duets. 
He was first tenor of the Sterling 
Trio and Peerless Quartet. “Har- 
rison,” who is still around, was 
really Frederick J. Wheeler, a 
noted concert baritone. fre- 

quently sang with Victor Herbert’s 
orchestra and toured as a recital 
partner with Marcella Sembrich 
and other famous opera stars. For 
years he was the duet partner of 
“Harry Anthony,” who was really 
John Young, a New York concert 
tenor still alive and active. 

Frequenters of the Roxy theatre 
(N. Yj in the pre-talkie days will 
remember Young as the top tenor 
of the Roxy Quartet. “Anthony 
and Harrison” made so many rec- 
ords of gospel hymns that Billy 
Murray dubbed them “the Come to 
Jesus Twins” — a name which stuck 
to them in recording circles for 
years. Believe me, neither Camp- 
bell nor Harrison was exactly “ob- 
scure.” 

Jim Walsh 
(Walsh’s Wax Works, WSLS). 


Ex-Kid Singer Now 
Working in Pitt Band 

Pittsburgh, Sept. 5. 

Kid singer around here years 
ago on Enright theatre's weekly 
kiddie shows was Billy Bonura. He 
was featured on the stage arid in 
the regular broadcasts from Sta- 
tion WWSW. Upon getting a little 
older, his voice changed and lie 
dropped out of sight. | 

Recently Joe Pape’s orchestra 
played a prom at Central Catholic 
high school and invited the stu- 
dents up to sing. One of them was 
Bonura, now 18 and about to grad- 
uate from Central Catholic. Band- 
leader was so impressed he im- 
mediately tagged youngester to a 
contract, and Bonura’s been sing- 
ing with Pape all summer at Castle 
irin^ Youngster has already . en- 
rolled for fall at Duquesne U.’s 
business ad school but intends to 
job around on weekends* 


Hollywood, Sept. 5. 

Flat package buy of the Lionel 
Hampton band for 27 coast one- 
nighters has been worked out by 
Aladdin Records’ bosses Eddie and 
Leo Mesner to cap Hamp’s longest 
and most loot-full stay in the 
pacific area. Vibesmari’s unit of 20 
sidemen arid 10 hoofers and singers 
has been working steadily in these 
parts since June, racking up top 
grosses constantly, and is now set 

for dates through early November. 

Mesner deal is a flat purchase 
for $50,000 of the unit’s services, 
starting with a Sept. 15 bow at 
Santa Barbara and including four 
Saturdays at Balboa, commencing 
Oct. 15. 

Biggest gross racked up by 
Hampton in the last- two months 
was his Sunday afternoon “Caval-,. 
cade of Jazz” at Wrigley Field here 
i n July. Unit lured in 2 1,090 cus- 
tomers, on a flat $6,000 deal. Other 
fancy figures were recorded at the 
Million Dollar theatre, where the 
hand grossed $23<000 on a straight 
50-50 deal, and at the Golden Gate, 
Frisco, the following week, where 
the gross hit $30,000. 

At least two dance-draw records 
have been set by the, crew during 
the trek, 7,800 admissions at the 
Pasadena Civic auditorium and 
6,500 at the Oakland aud. It has 
been many years since any band 
came near the 1,950 admissions 
Hampton snared for a one-niter at 
Monterey, and other heavy pulls 
have included 2,900 at San Diego’s 
Mission Beach, 2,300 at Bakersfield 
and 2,10b at Sacramento. 

Most novel arrangement was the 
stunt of playing consecutive one* 
niters in rival terperies in Port- 
land, Ore. On Aug. 3, Hamp played 
McElroy’s ballroom, Portland, earn- 
ing $1,400 under a percentage deal, 
and followed it up the following 
night with a date at nearby Jantzen 
Beach ter palace, drawing 2,200 
customers and exiting with $1,800 
as his share. The following night, 
in Seattle, he earned over $3,300 
on a 60% deal at Eagles audi- 
torium. 

One-niters have been inter- 
spersed with solid business loca- 
tions at such spots as the Cave 
Nitery in Vancouver and the 
Palomar, vaudfilm house in Seattle, 


Hunter Inks New 4-Year 
Pact With M-G-M Records 

Singer-pianist “Ivory Joe” Hun- 
ter has signed a new four-year con- 
tract with M-G-M Records. Hunter 
has been with the diskery for the 
past year. 

Hunter’s initial, etching, “I Al- 
most Lost My Mind,” has been his 
biggest seller to date. He’s record- 
ed a number of his own originals 
for the firm. 


New Longhair Label 

Colosseum Records, headed by 
Bruno G. Ronty, has been formed 
in New York. Platter company 
will specialize in the production 
of long playing classical and serin- 
classical works. 

Among the artists set to Wax for 
the new outfit are David Oistrakh, 
violinist; t J eanne Palmer and Thel- 
ma Votipka, both Metropolitan 
Opera sopranos; William McGraw, 
baritone, and Randy Simoniette, 
bass. 

Hillbilly Combo to War 

San Antonia, Sept. 5. 

The Bunkhouse Boys, an eight- 
piece hillbilly band, enlisted en 
mass in the Navy here. The band 
will be sworn in at Houston and 
then shipped to San Diego, Calif, 
to undergo boot training. 

The group was organized about 
four years ago arid have appeared 
on local radio and television shows 
and have appeared for various 
dances in the area. The group was 
organized by Harmon Boazernan* 
and includes Eddie Vance, Walter. 
Hamilton; Dudley Laurie, Fred 
Lattimer, Charlie Read, Jimmy 
Clay pole and George!. -McMalleiv 
They want to serve together ana 
thereby keep their musical organ- 
ization intact. 


















Wednesday, September 6, 1950 



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Week of Aue. 25-31, 1950 , 

Richard Himber’s new development in logging broadcast perform - 

inces lists tunes in the survey based on jour major network schedules , 

. * 

They are compiled on the basis of X point for sustaining instrumental , . 
2 points for sustaining vocals,' 3 for commercial instrumental, 4 for 
commercial vocal, respectively, in each of the * major territories, New 
York, Chicago and Coast For example, a commercial vocal in all three 
territories counts 12. Adddedto these totals ts the listener ratings of 
commercial shows. The two groups of songs are alphabetically ljsted, :i 

First Group 

Songs . ’Publishers 

A Little Bit Independent ^ . . . . ... . , , . .. . , , •/, » . . . . . . . . ,'VBVC 

All My Love ...» .Mills 

Bewitched ... ... . .Chappell 

Can’t We Talk It Over ... .... . ... .... . .. . . . , . . .. . . .v. , .Remick 

Count Every Star . ^ . ...... . .. . . . . . . .Paxton 

Daddy’s Little Boy v 0 . .. .......... ........... .Beacon 

Dream a Little Dream of Me . . ....’. . . ♦ . . ... . . , . . . Words-Miisic 

q 1 d eii, Sails * ■» ... ... .* . » . .. ... ...... ... ... . . .... « tl o cla y 

;ne Fishin’ . . . . . ................ . . . ; . . . . . : Feist 

oodnight Irene .,♦... ... ..Spencer 

. ioop Dee Dbo . Y . . . .... ..... ....... . . , . ... • . . ,. , Morris 

1 Cross My Fingers , . ... . . . i . . ... . . . United 

1 Didn’t Slip, I Wasn’t Pushed, 1 Fell ... . . . . .. .. , .Remick 

1 Don’t Care If the Sun Don’t Shine ....... . .... . . .... ... Famous 

I’ll Always Love You— i “My Friend Irma Goes West” . . . . . . . . Famous 

I’ll Build a Dream House . . , . . . . . . . • • . • • . . ... . ... . . . Campbell 

I Love the Cr.uy . ... . ■. , . • . .... ... « v .««..... « . .' . .■ Shapiro- 

1 Still Get a Thrill . . ... . .... . . . . ... .... . ; .Words-Music 

1 W anna Be Lo.yed - ... . . . , .. .. . . ... . . . *. . ..... . ... , Supreme 

La • V le fin . -Rose . « * . . . ... .... . . . ^ . . . . ....... 4 ...... • . * .Harms 

Let S ]Do . It Again . ..** * . ... . * . . , « . ./. .. o • ...Itobhins 

Mona Lisa— t“Capt. Carey, USA” . . . . ...... . . .... ....... Paramount 

Our Very Own— t“Our Very Own” .... ....... ...*... . . . . . . . .Spitzer 

Play a Simple Melody . . . . . . . .... ...... .............. . / . Berlin 

It oses . . , . , \ i . , . . • Hill 8c Range 

Sam s Soiig . « . «■ . , , , , ...... ... . :. < -. .... , ^ • • -,* * , . * IV ei ss 

Sometime * • ? * • . • ... . • . ..... . . ... ... • • * IV it in ark 

Tzena Tzena Tzena . . ; i . . . . . . . ... . . . . . . . . ... . . . . . . . . . . . Cromwell 

Why Fight the Feeling — t “Let’s Dance” . . ...... ... . . . . ... .Paramount 

You Wonderful You — 1“£jummer Stock” ....... , . .... . . . . » . . .Miller 

•ay 

Second Group 

Can Anyone Explain .... .... . . , . . . ..... . . ..... ........ .Valando 

C’est Si Bon V. ..... . . . . ... . . . . ..... . . ............ .... Leeds 

Cherry Stones .... . : Robbins 

Cincinnati Dancing Pig ; . ... . . .... . . , . . . .. . . .Old Hickory 

Dam It Baby That’s Love — ^“Tickets Please” . . . . . ;,... ... . , Chappell 

Down the ■ Lane , . . ... . . <«.««.« . . .... . . .... . B1MI 

Friendly Star— t “Summer Stock” .... Feist 

Harbor Lights . . . .. Feist 

Home Cookin’-^t “Fancy Pants” ....... . . . > . . . . . . . ...... . . . . Famous 

Monestly I LOve You • •. . ... . ........................ y*. . . .. .Shapiro 

If You Were My Girl . . . ... . . . , . . . ................ . . , ... . Duchess 

I Was Dancing With Someone .... . . . .... .... . ........... ... .Harms 

Let’s Choo Choo to Idaho— t “Duchess of Idaho” ............. Robbins 

Nevertheless— t “Three Little Words” . . . ..... ... .... ...... . .Crawford 

No Other Love ... •••••. ... . , ... ... . . ... ..•••••»•••• ... ... . .Disney 

Say When . . . . , , , .Duchess 

Sentimental Ale ... ................. « .............. . ICn^Qkerbocker 

Thinking of You . .... . » . . . • . • .... .............. ... .......... Remick 

Third Man Theme— t“Third Man” ........................ Chappell 

Wanderin .................... . Republic 

t Filmusical, * Legit Musical* 


Top Songs on TV. 

t Alphabetically Listed) 

Week of Aug. 25-31 

(Based on copyrighted Audi • 
ence Coverage Index and Au- 
dience Trend Index, published 
by Office of Research, Inc,, Dr, 
John G, Peatman, director.) 

Bewitched .... ... . .Chappell 

Comes Natur’lly ....... Berlin 

I Love Guy. ..... . . Shapiro-B 

La Vie En Rose . . . , . .Harms 
You Wonderful You ... Miller 
, 5 Top* Standards 

‘A\n’t. She Sweet . , . Advanced 
Beck to Donegal. Leeds 
Exactly C|ke You . . Shapiro-B, 
September Soiig . . . . . Crawford 

Tico Tico f;. , ;y . * . .C. K.'Harris 
Zip-A-Dee Doo . . . i > Santly-Joy 


Band Review 


LEO PIEPER ORCH (ID 
Melody Mill. Chicago . 

Leo Pieper, an old hand at mid- 
west dance spots, has settled down 
to a location date here with What 
stacks up as a highly stylized and 
topflight group; geared straight for 
the dance trade. Band is patterned 
somewhat after the style of the 
old Lawrence Welk outfit, utilizing 
the same type of staccato trumpet- 
ing and a reed section which 
doubles on clarinet, crisp instru- 
mentation® and punch. 

Band sports four redds/ three 
brass and three rhythm, With 
Pieper spotted on accordion pas- 
sages. and. occasionally subbing on . 
piano. Selections are neatly as- 
sorted between straight pop and 
novelty, With a good share of corn 
thrown in, yet never enough to 
pull the band off a sweet tempo 
format. Commercial and novelty 
appeal of the group is high, with 
the unit employing some glee-club 
work for nice effect. Added novel- 
ty is that each of the sidemen is 
equipped with a miniature accor- 
dion, on Which they double for 
comic accordion-band numbers. 

Workhorse of the group is the 
maestro himself, who fronts in an 
easy off-hand manner. Pieper, Who 
is spotted frequently on vocals, 
warbles in an easy drawl, and also 
teams with brunet chirper Sue" 
Morris for some nifty dueting and I 
cross-patter. Mel. 

GARNER’S ADVANCE DISK 

Columbia Records is issuing an 
advance disk jockey release of its 
new Errol Gamer piano album to 
tie in with the jazz pianist’s date 
at Cafe Society, N. Y. nitery, Sept. 
14. Album’s regular release date 
has been set for October. 

Garner is currently playing one- 
niters in Kansas City, St, Louis 
and Detroit. 



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Top Tunes on Television!! 

Bated on copyrighted oudienco coverage index. 

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Wednesday, September 6, 1950 

: ' 1 1 1 . . ' I ■ 1 — 

Inside Orchestras — Music 

Idea for the recent Shapiro-Bemstein publication, “The Beer That I 
Left On the Bar,” was originated over 30 years ago by Will D f Cobb 
and Leo Edwards. Cobb, who collaborated prolifically with the late 
Gus Edwards on a number of his tunes, died in 1930. While going 
through Cobb’s papers recently, the administratrix of his estate came 
across some old song titles and lyrics, which she turned over to Shapiro- 
Bemstein. Firm picked out the “Beer” title, which had no accom- 
panying lyric, but to which Leo Edwards’ name was appended. Com- 
pany then contacted Edwards, who had a lyric, Which the publishing 
firm felt was dated, hence Lew Brown was given the job of writing the 
music and also new words to coincide with the title. Sheet music credits 
Brown for, words and music “from a suggestion by Cobb and Edwards.” 
However, Cobb’s estate and Edwards are both receiving royalty divi- 
dends. Number is parenthesized “College Memories” to indicate it’s in 
a collegiate vein. ^ 

Hollywood waxeries are trying to track do wii an anonymous tipster’ 
who offers, for $50 a throw, to reveal What rival labels are currently 
etching. Recording sessions are always highly secret, some firms even 
attempting to keep titles off sheet music, referring to tunes only by 
number. / 

Recently, Paul Weston cut his first four sides* at his new post as 
Columbia recording topper on the Coast. Within a few days, both Joe 
Perry of Decca and: Jim Conkling of Capitol received anonymous Calls 
offering to reveal what Weston had tracked. Weston recalled seeing 
an unidentified Woman hanging around the studio during the recording 
sessions, but assumed she was the wife of one of the musicians. Hence- 
forth, all sessions Will be carefully policed. 

Another of the revivals getting record attention is a novelty called 
“I Don’t Care/’ written in 1928 by Saxie Dowell and published by Miills. 
Dowell at the time was a saxophonist in the old Hal Kemp band. Time 
was recorded by Kemp, didn’t attract much attention, then got buried 
in the Mills catalog. Last spring someone dug it up and showed it to 
Eddy Howard, who recorded it for Mercury. Side hasn’t been released 
yet, but Johnny Long has cut it on King and Benny Strong on Capitol. 
Meanwhile . Dowell, who still writes, has gone through , successive 
careers as sideman, bandleader, flack and record promoter, and is now 
temporarily installed, as Chi contactman for Laurel and Valando Music. 

This Will probably go down in the books as an example of how crea- 
tive artists suffer for their art; Jay Livingston and Ray Evans, whose 
long list of top-selling songs is capped by the current smash “Morta 
Lisa,” have turned out a tune they never want to hear again. It’s called 
“We’re Coming, Leo.” Ditty was an assignment for Paramount’s “Ace 
in the Hole.” Script called for a tune, obviously written by an ama- 
teur, and chanted by a crowd as encouragement to a man trapped in 
a cave-in. Livingston and Evans shuddered through the assignment 
but director Billy Wilder says happily that “it’s exactly what we 
wanted— terrible, Unbelievably terrible.” 

New method whereby football band marching formations can 
achieve a better clarity insofar as the spectator is concerned is out- 
lined in “Show Band Perspective Plotting Chart,’’ which Mills Music 
has just published. By means of a mathematical formula, the chart 
shows band directors how to arrange their musicians in order to offset 
an otherwise natural distortion, when seen from the stands. Authors 
of the manual are Robert Mills, son of Mills Music veepee Irving Mills, 
and J. Maynard Wettlaufer, doctor of music at Freeport, N. Y., high 
schcpl. The younger Mills devised the formula after months of re- 
search. • ' ' - — — - 

Initial recording of Gary Crosby, duetting with his father, Bing 
Crosby, on “Sam’s Song’’ and “Play a Simple Melody,” caused a slight 
dispute between the elder Crosby and Decca execs. Crosby had asked 
Decca to give billing on the disk as “Gary Crosby and friend” in order 
to avoid “exploitation” of his son. Decca execs, desirous of getting 
maximum acceptance of the disk, wanted full billing on the label, and 
the initial disks for release read that way. Crosby, however,,, insisted 
on his point and Decca made the revision on the label two weeks later. 
The disk , incidentally, is among Decca’s best-sellers. 

Richest local in the country is No. 47, Los Angeles, which has a net 
worth of $1,111,829, according to the financial statement issued, by 
secretary A1 C. Meyer. Cash oh hand is listed as $393,829 with the 
worth of the new Musicians building listed as $718,000. Under Cali- 
' fornia law, the unincorporated union can’t own real estate, so the 
building is owned by the Musicians Club of Los Angeles, to which all 
AFM members automatically belong. Local, chartered in 1894, has 
more than doubled, its membership roll in the last decade with 14,000 
looters now listed as paid-up members. 

After 56 years the Charlie Lawlor-Jimmy Blake standard, “The Side- 
walks of New York,” entered into the public domain last week. It’s 
estimated song since 1894 has sold around 2,000,000 copies. Number, 
when first written, was sold to Howley, Haviland & Dresser for $5,000, 
which the composers split. For the last 30 years, copyright to the tune 
has been held by Pauli-Pioneer Music Corp. Firm still holds the for- 
eign rights to the song. 

■ Both Lawlor and Blake are dead, the former having died in 1925 and 
the latter in 1935. 

A yesteryear pop song is reported aiding a realty boom in the town 
of Ho-Ho-Kus, N. J., in recent months. George H. Beckman, head of 
a Teaneck realty firm, claims that the song, “Ho-Ho-Kus,” is attract- 
ing buyers of homes there. Realtor Beckman said customers were at- 
tracted to two new developments in the. town by hearing the tune, and 
being curious over what Ho-Ho«Kus really looks like. Tune is pub- 
blished by Leeds, written by A1 Stillman and Paul McGrane. 

A new career is being carved .out by Nick Castle, veteran dance di- 
rector, who’s being kept busy these days sprucing up vaude and nitery 
acts for singers. He’s already worked out new routines for Andy 
and Della Russell; June Hutton and June Christy, and is already ex- 
panding by working out vaude acts for Frank Yankovic’s polka combo 
and the Three Weidler Bros. Latter trio once worked as a section with 
Stan Kenton’s orch and recenltly cut some Cap platters. 

Continuing its policy of granting free licenses to Government agen- 
cies and the armed services, American Society of Cbmposers, Authors 
and Publishers has okayed gratis use of its music Ch “The National 
Guard Show,” ASCAP also has given free licenses to “Voice of Amer- 
ica,”. State Department’s broadcasting agency, and the United Nations’ 
programming. “National Guard Show” will be a series of 15-minute 
•transcribed shows to be used for recruiting purposes. 

First tunesniith to chalk up an active record of 50 years of song- 
• writing is. A1 Von Tilzer, dean of Coast ASCAP members, who has just 
: weighed in with a new pop ballad tagged “I’m Praying to St. Chris- 
. topher.’ His first published tune was released in 1900, Wjien he was 
i an Indianapolis high school boy and was published by his older brother* 

! Harry. “Praying” carries lyrics by Larry McPherson and has been 
etched by Tommy Tucker’s band for MGM. • 

i About 2,000 miniature^ bags of Domino, sugar Were involved 
in a special promotional stunt for Sammy Kaye’s initial Columbia 
recording, “Sugar Sweet.” Packets of sugar attached to letters were 
sent to disk jocks and other tradesters With the notation that they stir 
the sugar in their coffee, While spinning the record, “a new tune which, 
has Its own supply of sweetness/’ 


Wednesday, September 6, 1950 


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sales, based pn reports obtained 
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Inc, Bill Boyd owns 35% of com- 
pany, Nacio Herb Brown, 35%, 
Jack Bobbins j 30%. Latter has 
sole selling rights. The two single 
novelties were cleffed by Brown, 
with L. Wolfe Gilbert supplying 
lyrics. Pair also turned out the 
folio. 

To protect copyright Of folio as 
dramatic opus, long narrative has 
been written into it, in addition to 
eight songs. Leeds Music was en- 
abled to protect “Manhattan Tow- 


er” by such an expedient. Levy 
gave sole disking rights to Decca; 
album has been a stout seller for 
four years and no rival recorder 
yet has been able to etch it. though 
some have tried. 

Boyd has been maintaining that 
no turiesmith can clef anything 
anent “Hopalong”. sans his per- 
mission, since he controls certain 
rights to character. It is obvious 
Nacio Publications will do all such 
work. Two years ago Boyd was 
signed by Capitol Records. Just 
whether Gap will insist that con- 
tract, an exclusive one, covers 
these new tuiifs, on which Boyd 
does not perform* is yet to be 


tested. Thus far, it appears the 
strategy is not to permit them to 
be waxed. 


VISION’S INITIALER 

Hollywood, Sept. 5. 

Initial chore of Paul Weston, 
who recently stepped into Colum- 
bia Records spot as musical direc- 
tor and artist and repertory chief 
on the Coast, will be waxing of a 
‘Dance Date” album. 

Weston is using the same 30- 
piece orch for the Col album that 
worked for him while he was wax- 
ing for Capitol. 


Revival of public interest in 
small band jazz has grown to such 
proportions, in recent* months that 
bandleaders, now almost outnum- 
ber the ^idemen. Transformation 
of the ' iazz instrumentalists " into 
l/lea&e'rk b'f owh bands has been on 
{such a mass scale that Eddie Com 
don,. W&P53’ ' Greenwich Village, 

'Y,V^pot has been home plate 
for ! h’pt Virtuosi of the New Orleans 
or Ohieago schools, is actually hav- 
ing trouble currently filling all 
positions. 

During the past year, the follow- 
ing soloists have left his club orch 
to lead their own units: George 
Brunies, now tromboning around 
Chicago; Max Kaminsky, now 
touring eastern jazz spots; Ralph 
Sutton, who just closed at the 
Hangover in San Francisco; Joe 
Sullivan, recently at another 
Frisco spot, the Say When; and 
Peanuts Hucko, who had been sit- 
ting in Condon’s clarinet chair for 
three years until booked into Mike 
Flesch’s Grandview Inn in Colum 
bus, Q., with his own trio. 

Wild Bill Davison, Condon’s 
cornetist, leaves Sept. 20 to open 
at . Kathryn Donahue’s Savoy in , 
Boston in front of a Dixieland 
combination on a four-week con- 
tract., The usual trumpet chair 
alternates, Bobby Hackett and 
Billy Butterfield, have also acquir- 
ed bandleading commitments. Con- 
don has acquired Johnny Wind- 
hurst, a Louis Armstrong potege, 
as trumpeter, with Windhurst to 
disband his own Riverboat Five 
combo for four weeks. 

‘Hamburger Era’ Out 

Income of the hot sidemen is 
now at the highest level and what 
Condon has called the “era of the 
transparent hamburger” is defi- 
nitely a thing of the past. Hucko, 
for instance, is set at the Grand- 
view Inn at $750 per week while 
Davison’s crew will drag down $900 
at the Savoy. Jazz sidemen are 
also cleaning up by doubling in 
diskery studio orchs where they 
are in constant demand. 

Hucko, for example, ‘recently 
held the clarinet slot in seven 


different recording combos, in- 
cluding Gene Krupa’s Chicago 
Jazz for Victor, Boti Crosby Bob- 
cats for Coral, Eddie Condon for 
Decca, Bphby. Sherwood, for Mem 
cury, Torhfriy Reynolds for Atlantic 
and ihi-s own- gro*Up for Columbia. 
Highest paid sideman remains Jack 
Teagarden of Louis Armstrong’s 
group whose minimum guarantee 
is $750 per \yeek. 

Other former jazz sidemen now 
leading their own combos, are 
trumpeters Yank Lauseii, Jimmy 
McPartland and Marty Marsala, 
and clarinetists Peewee Russell* 
Sol Yaged and Tony Parenti. Jazz 
drummer Buzzy Drooten is also 
forming his own crew. 



Charlie Spivak’s orch took to the 
road last week following a six-week 
vacation. / 

Appearing witl the band- now are 
two recently signed , vocalists, Bill 
Black, formerly with Gene Krupa, 
and Pat Collins, formerly with 
The Girlfriends trio. 


Bourne's Novelty Folio 

Bourne Music has departed from 
the usual folio publishing proce- 
dure to release folio of essays and 
poems by Cottonwood Clark, west- 
ern radio and recording artist. 
Folio includes Clark’s humorous 
poetry and essays, pictures, and an 
introduction by Tex Ritter. 

Only two pieces of music appear 
in the folio, ; both of which arc 
background bits to poems. Bourne 
has ordered an initial printing of 
20,000 copies, which will retail at 
60c. each. 


N. Y. Dancery Fire 
A small fire emptied the Tango 
Palace, Broadway danoery, Monday 
(4) around 10 pm. Origin of the 
fire, which occurred in a partition 
behind the bar, was undetermined. 

Firemen extinguished the blaze 
in short order. » 




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cdupled with 
FLYING HOME 

DECCA 23837 


BEULAH'S BOOGIE 
coupled With 
TWO FINGER BOOGIE 

DECCA 23838 


NNK CHAMPAGNE 

coupled with 

WELL GH WELL 

DECCA 471M—*9-27!64 


WHERE OR WHEN 

coupled with 

THERE WILL NEVER 
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DECCA 271 98— *9-27 1 98 


HAMP'S WALKIN' BOOGIE 
coupled with 
HIDIN' ON THE L AND N 

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EVERYBODY’S SOMEBODY’S FOOL 

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48 


OUCHESTRAS-MUSIC 


P^SZIETt 


Wednesday, September 6, 1950 


On (he Upbeat 

. .j. 

New York 

Nat “King” Cole, currently play- 1 
ing Palladium, London, due back j 
in late October following a tour . 

of Europe and entertaining occu- 
pation troops . . . Mel Tonne plan- 
ing into New York this week for 
radio shots . . .Nellie Lutcher opens j 
at Horseshow riitery, Rock Island, I 
111., for 10 days starting Sept. 1 / . . ; 
organist Jack Skeily begins his' 
third season at iceland nitery Sept. 

7 . . . Nicholas Matthey’s Royal 
Tzigane orch opens at Rendezvous 
Room, Plaza Hotel) N. Y., this week 
. Decca singer Marion Margan 
opens at Boulevard, Queens, N. Y., 
for three days Sept. 15 . Henry 
Jerome orch opened at Hotel Edi- 
son, N. Y.,. Green Room for third 
consecutive year. 

Buddy Johnson’s orch takes off 
on a solidly-booked southern one- 
niter tour next week . . Illinois 
Jacquet’s unit goes into Birdland, 
N. Y., for two weeks starting Sept. 
14. ' 


Chicago 

Mitch Miller in town for look- 
around .' . Ray Robbins orch 
pacted for Casa Loma, St. Louis, 

for week starting Sept. 8. Warnie 
Ruhl band follows as spot for 
eight days starting Sept. 15. 
Tommy Dorsey moves in for five 
days Sept. 26. Tommy Carlyn 
follows Oct. 6 for six days . . . 
Benny Strong orch to Syracuse 
hotel, Syracuse, Sept. 20 for three 
Weeks. Unit then moves to 
Schroeder hotel, Milwaukee, Oct. 

17 for three, weeks . . . Exclusive 
booking at Congress hotel wrap- 
ped up by McConkey Booking, 
whose group, Bud Wafles orch, is 
moving in. Lenny Dee, organist, 
signed for Tavern Room at the 
hotel indefinitely. He goes in 
Sept. 27 ... Don Ragon into 
Schroeder hotel, Milwaukee, Sept. 
12 for three weeks . . . Harmoni- 
cats returned to Hippodrome, 
Baltimore, for fifth time in three 
years Aug. 31 for week. Group 
then does two weeks of one-night 
vaude dates in Minnesota 
Nadine JansYn, Horace Heidt win- 
ner, to Blue Note Sept. 22, with 
Red Norvo combo, and Chubby 
Jackson moving in Oct. 5 . . . 
Duplicators set for two weeks, 
Pastime Club, Des Moines, Sept. 

18 . . . Mary Kaye trio set on new 
tele show over WGN-TV, Sept. 6 
. . . Leo Pieper to Music Box, 
Omaha, Oct. 11 for one Week . . . 
Phil Levant, chief McConkey 
booker, to New York on business 


Hollywood 

Tommy Dorsey’s hew three-.year 
deal with RCA Victor calls for him 

to, receive standard 5%-of-retaii- 
royalty and pay all costs of record- 
ing sessions, including vocalists, 
himself ..... . Frankie Carle filmed 
a dozen one-minute video spots to 
plug his Palladium opening last 
night (5) . . . Bob Crosby one-nites 
at California State Fair, Sacra- 
mento, Sunday (10) . , . Jerry Gray 
orch etched eight sides for Decca. 


For Christmas 

C-H-R-I-S-T-M4-S 

and 

THE MERRY 
CHRISTMAS POLKA 

For the Winter Season 


THE SNOWMAN 

HILL & RANGE Songs, Inc.. N. Y. 


RETAIL DISK BEST SELLERS 




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Rackmil Sees 

Continued from page 41 


outlets early in 1949^-anticipating 
the necessary economies which the 
other companies instituted months 
later— he is bullish anew on the 
record business. 

Agaip, the War 

The Korean War may be a factor 
because Rackmil, whose metier is 
merchandising, already has seen 
old. phonograph and record dealers 
coming back into the business. 
These are the TV and “white 
goods” (electric refrigerators, 
deep-freezers, kitchenware) " mer- 
chants who envision a possible 
curtailment of goods. Just as it 
was natural for the phonograph 
dealer to add TV equipment, it is 
just as natural that he return to 
phonographs and platters as a 
cushion against shortages. Even 
now video sets are being allocated. 

The 1949 economies were in- 
fluenced by an intra-trade know- 
ledge that the 1946-47 volume of 
10,000,009 new combinations was 
abnormal and just 1 couldn’t con- 
tinue. The abnormality came from 
the many small war plants, making 
electrical parts, and since radio is 
essentially an assembling job it 
was natural for most of these ex- 
defense plants to segue into 
civilian production of radio-phono- 
graph, equipment as they recon- 
verted into the civilian economy. 
As a result, the merchandising was 
intensive, the< price right, and the 
market huge. 

p Decca is all-out for 45, including 
its own trademark machines. The 
company points to jukeboxes being 
retooled for the 7" platters, either 
to play 45s or 33s, the former 
getting the edge. Certainly the 
mass-capacity jukeboxes favor the 
vinylite-type of new recording as 
a space and money-saver, because 
of price and minimum ' breakage. 
The industry figures that as the 
jukes spread the 45s, the influence 
on the public will expand. Decca 
meantime is converting its own 
plants to 45s, both for the major 
label and the Coral brand, while 
depending on RCA's plants In 
Indianapolis and Ganonsburg, Pa., 
to do its pressing in the meantime. 

Decca’s new accent, on 45’s will 
.apply to its pop releases. For its 
new catalog of longhair works, 
diskery will utilize the 33 rpm type 
disks because of the “uninter- 
rupted music” advantage. All of 
Decca’s longhair releases will be 
put out only on 33 with the ex- 
ception of “The Consul,” which 
will also be available in a 78 rpm 
album. 


From M-G-M's Smash Musical 

“SUMMER STOCK” 

> larrlng Judy Garland and Gene Kelly 



Dallas 1-Niter 

Dallas, Sept. 5. 

Louann’s, local nite spot, has 
set Ray. Anthony band for one- 
nighter Sept. 22 and Stan Kenton 
Crew Oct; 5. 


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Disk Jockey Review 

MYRON BARG SHOW 
60 Mins.; Mon. -thru-Sat., 7 p.m. 
Sustaining 
WMOR, Chicago 

This show stack? up as a slick 
hour of good listening music, and 
combines some ;&erious and well- 
handled background chatter by the 
spinner, along with an occasional 
guest Shot by local or passing- 
through talent. Show, however, is 
weighted heavy with music, most 
of Which is comprised of light- 
classical and ballad instrumentals, 
split off with an occasional vocal, 
but avoiding jazz and novelty. 

Show caught had warbler John* 
ny Desmond easing with Barg on 
some entertaining patter around 
singer’s disks. Barg, who is appar- 
ently trying to get away from 
standard twirl er format, has given 
show something of a production ef- 
fect. Desmond stint was proceded 
by the d.j, narrating a religious 
tale with some concerto backing, 
which later merged into platter 
of “Our Lady of Fatima.” Barg 
makes this a weekly feature and 
ties it in to tolerance theme for 
good effect. 

Program, however, could be im- 
proved in initial stage by faster 
opening. As it stands, show opens 


cold with too much lull before 
theme music arrives; but this is 
only minor detraction. Yet Barg 
would do well, also, to peel some 
of the inflexibility from the format, 
as well as from his voice. Mel. 


Prado Mambo Album 

RCA Victor will use a group of 
mambo records by Perez Prado 
for an album addition to its “Here 
Come the Dance Bands Again” 
album series. Prado is generally 
considered responsible for birth of 
the mambo dance fad in the U. S. 

Album, which will include his 
recording of “Mambo Jamba,” will 
be called “Perez Prado Plays the 
Mambo.” 


America's Next Big Ballad! 


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HOUSTON SYMPH TOUR 

Houston, Septi' 5! 

The Houston Symphony on its 
second annual, major tour next 
spring will travel half again as far 
on its midwest tour last spring. 
The 6,500-mile trip will include 
performances in 25 cities in eight 
states in 27 days beginning Feb. 
13, Efrem Kurtz is the conductor, 
and Ania Dorfman, pianist, will be 
soloist, 

Tour closes March 11. 


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Wednesday, September 6, 1950 



Rigid Gampdown on 




Omaha, Sept, 5, + 

Tipoff that gambling jin adjacent 
Iowa areas looks dead, came last 
week when the owners of the Stork 
Club announced' that the place is 
for sale. 

The Stork was notable not only 
for gambling, food and the fact that 
it was a center for night life of this 
section of the two states, but for 
its shows. The owners proved they 
were gamblers by bringing in top- 
flight entertainers at salaries that 
were fabulous for this part of the 
country. Just before closing they 
had been angling for Sophie 
Tucker. > 

The Stork was packed nightly. 
Three miles from Omaha across a 
free bridge, it attracted a stream 
of cars continuously. Afternoons, 
they played bingo and the horses. 
Nights, it was the casino where 
many varieties of chance were of- 
fered. 

Max Abramson, one of the Stork 
owners proved he is through, by 
buying a local drug store. “I'm 
going to try this how.,*’ he said. 

The Chez Paree, other- big gam- 
bling spot, is also dark. With Iowa 
turning thumbs down, the gam- 
blers have Nothing to look forward 
to in Nebraska. Governor Val 
Peterson lias declared , himself 
against it. Candidate Raecke of 
the Democratic ticket promises the 
same course if elected. 



In Buffalo Car Crash 

Buffalo, Sept. 5. 

Frank Marlowe, nightclub and 
vaude comedian, is in a fair con- 
dition iff Mercy hospital here 
following an automobile accident 
at Orchard Park, nearby suburb. 

Marlowe’s car crashed against 
the front of a truck making a 
lefthand turn as Marlowe sought 
to pass. Marlowe, whose home is 
in Buffalo, has been playing local 
nightclubs. 


Jack Powell, Jr., Laid Up 
Because of Knee Injury 

Jack Powell, Jr., will be out of 
circulation for several months be- 
cause of an in j ury sustained at a 
recOnt benefit. A cartilege in his 
knee was removed as a result. 

Powell at various times played 
under the names of Hal Hunter 
and more recently David Powell. 
He’s the son of Jack Powell, who 
is currently touring Europe. 
Powell, Sr., is rtow at the Casino 
theatre, Oslo, and is slated for a 
return date at the China theatre, 
Stockholm, Sept. 10. 

Hadacol Med. Show 
To Up Talent Budget 
On Next Yr’s. Caravan 

Lafayette, La., Sept. 5. 

The Hadacol Caravan, which; 
this year was headlined by Mickey 
Rooney, Connie Boswell, Roy 
Acuff, Minnie Pearl and other 
acts, will be expanded next year, 
according to Sen. Dudley J. Le- 
Blanc, prexy of the company, with 
expenditures to go as high as 
$3,000,000 if developments warrant 
it.. 

The medicine show, which 
started Out as a $50,000 operation 
and is said to have cost over 
$500,000, will be expanded in 
1951 to a train of 25 cars, the 
senator says, including a bigger 
array of talent and his own TV 
and color film cameramen. It’s 
planned to invade the east and 
midwest cities, and possibly the 
Coast. 

Rponey ends his stay with the 
Caravan in Houston, Where Chico 
Marx will join the troupe. George 
Burns and Grade Allen, Carmen 
Miranda and her band will be 
added for Lukfin arid Dallas. 

Hadacol is a patent medicine de- 
scribed as a 4 ‘dietary aid” and not 
a hair tonic as previously reported. 


Sarah Vaughan’s 2 

Theatres, Cafe Dates 

Sarah Vaughan begins a two- 
week stand at Johnny Brown’s new 
nitery, Pittsburgh, on Friday (8) 
to be followed by a one-week en- 
gagement at Detroit’s Fox theatre, 
starting Sept. 22. 

Songstress follows the Detroit 
date with a Paramount, N.Y., book- 
ing; starting Oct. 4.; • 



AGYA Stumps to Limit U.S. Stays 
Of Foreign Acts as Yank Job Aid 


Chicago, Sept. 5. 

Chicago Lake Front Fair wound 
a disastrous summer yesterday (4) 
with attendance far short of the 
expected 2,000 t p00 mark. Cold 
weather, accompanied by rain, for 
the past several weeks, hit at- 
tendance and open air shows 
heavily. As fair had interest in 
most of the admission shows, it 
took a double loss. Season, which 
started late, June 24, had few free 
admission exhibitions and about 
eight paid attractions. With a 50c 
gate and a Tike tab, plus tax, for 
most attractions, family trade was 
light with most of the take coming 
from group sales. Only during the 
last month did the management 
slice attraction prices with a spe- 
cial deal, which almost halted ducat 
.price. However, attendance still 
lagged with out of city trade rather 
low in comparison with Railroad 
Fair of previous two summers, in 
years before, * railroads gave rock 
bottom rates to fairgoers, but this 
year no discounts Were offered, 

Insistent that this be an “educa- 
tional” as well as a socalled 
“entertaining” fair, Crosby Kelley, 
exec director, nixed girlie shows 
and elaborate presentations; de- 
pending mainly on the efforts of 
free amateur groups to draw busi- 
ness. Pageant, which last year 
drew heavily, dropped sharply. 
Cyprus Garden Water Thrill Show, 

(Continued on page 53) 


N ew Hampshire Fairs 
. Using More Vaude Acts 

i ,v • y ’ Concord, ;N. H., Sept. 5, 

Vaudeville r shows have been 
booked for all of the New Hamp- 
shire fair%*>the first .of which, Lake 

in Sunapee, 
followed by Mascoma Valley Fair 
at Canaan. 

Other dates are as follows;—*- 
Lancaster Fair, Sept. 1-4; Hopkin- 
tori Fair at ContoocoOk, Sept. 2-4; 
Madbury, Sept. 8-9; Cheshire 
County at - Keene, Sept. 7-9; Ply- 
mouth, Sept. 13-16; Rochester, 
Sept. 17-23; Pittsfield, Sept, 24-27 
(tentative); Deerfield, Sept. 28-Oct. 
1, and Sandwich, Columbus Day, • 
Oct. 12. 


American Guild of Variety Ar- 
tists last week offered testimony 
urging the U. S. Immigration Dept, 
to limit the time allotted to foreign 
acts to appear *fn this country. Vic 
Connors, ACfVA; .outdoor division 
organizer, testified, against the re- 
admission of the* Asia Boys at an 
Ellis ' Island hearing. ’ 

Oriental act has been in 


Hill-Country Resorts As 
Storehouse For TV Ideas; 
Green Mansions’ Example 

Warrensburg, N. Y., Sept. 5. 

The vast backlog of talent, ma- 
terial and ideas in staging de- 
veloped in the mountain summer 

resorts is looming as a . storehouse 
of television ideas. Practicability 
of using the entertainments of the 
hill-country has already been dem- 
onstrated with the Max Liebman 
production of NBC’s “Your Show 
of Shows.” Same network has again 
tapped Ernie Glucksman for the 
production of the Martin and 
Lewis displays in the fall. 

Glucksman, for the past eight 
years, has been staging the enter- 
tainments at Green Mansions, 
Warrensburg, N. Y., which has one 
of the most elaborate entertain- 
ment plants of any vacation spot. 
Under Glucksman ’s direction, the 
resort has expanded its facilities to 
include a 500-seat theatre which 
Stages dramatic plays, musical re- 
vues, vaudeville shows, operas and 

(Continued on page 52) 


this country about four years, ac- 
cording to Connors, having their 
permits extended periodically. 
Asia Boys some months ago left 
for Cuba when the Immigration 
dept, sought to haye them de- 
ported, and has sought re-entry 
from that country. Connors testi- 
fied the union feels that acts 
should be permitted entry for a 
specific series of engagements 
lined up in advance of their de- 
parture from another country, and 
should leave immediately after- 
ward. Current immigration regu- 
lations permit that procedure. 
However* in the case of the Asia 
Boys, 1 time had already been ex- 
tended several times. 

Union feels that unlimited ex- 
tensions of foreign acts will de- 
press talent values of American 
acts. Guild points out that threat 
of deportation has been used time 
and again by agents and employers 
to force acts to work below normal 
salaries; Threat is especially ramp- 
ant in the outdoor field, where 
bulk of imported talent is used. 
Union, however, explains that it 
doesn’t oppose extensions granted 
to foreign acts who have proven 
value at, the boxoffice. 

Decision on the Asia Boys is 
still to be handed down. 


Murphy Wows London 

London, Sept. 5. 

Singer Rose Murphy made her 
European cabaret bow at the 
Colony last night (4) for a wow 
reception. 

Negro singer did 12 numbers 
before she could bow off. 



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Wednesday, September 6, 1950 


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Bop City, N. Y. 

Gene Krupa Orch (16), Benny 
Morion All Stars (5); admission 
98c, table minimum $2.50. 

As its last straight musical 
Combo presentation prior to test- 
ing out a floorshow policy . Sept. 
15, Bop City is, currently offering 
a double bill consisting: of Gene 
Krupa- s orcli and. Benny Morton 
and his All Stars. Krupa ’$ outfit, 
though registering Okay in the mu- 
sic department fails to abet its 
instrumentalization with a neces- 
sary degree of showmanship. 

Pop arrangements are along 
fairly straight lines, with most of 
the numbers geared for terp re- 
ception. Aggregation is heavy on 
vocals, whijh is valuable at a spot 
like this where there’s no dancing. 

When caught opening night (31), 
Krupa erred in not taking any 
meaningful solo spot. Drummer, 
occasionally, took the spotlight for. 
a brief session, but not long enough 
to work up any steam: Band, com- 
prised mostly of youthful members, 
includes, in addition to Krupa on 
the skins, five sax, three trom- 
bones, four horns, a .bass, piano 
and electric guitar, Offerings run 
the gamut from Krupa ’s standard 
“Boogie Blues” to the current 
“Bonaparte’s Retreat.” Both num- 
bers are vocal ed' by Bobby Soots. 

Grew shows to best- advantage 
with its rendition of “Southland.” 
A number, of the arrangements 
spotlight" the first trombonist, but 
there seems to be an equalization 
of instriinientalizing among all sec- 
tions. In the ballad department 
singer Joe Tucker is handicapped 
by his ala Eckstine treatment of 


vocals, which fail to come off 
naturally. 

Bounding out the show, Morton’s 
combo dishes out a repertoire of 
jazz numbers in a relaxed manner. 
With Morton o. trombone, Sid Cab 
lett on drums, Rex Stewart on 
cornet, Buster Bailey on clarinet 
and Billy Kyle at the keyboard, 
crew offers such standards as 
“Basin Street Blues,” , “Sheik of 
Araby” and ' 'Linger Awhile, 4 Cat- 
lett solos oh 1 atter tUri e, showing 
topnotch form. His . nonchalant 
manner while beating the Skins 
adds to the effectiveness of his of- 
fering. Rest of the outfit show pro- 
ficiency with their instruments, 
with Stuart adding a little vocaling 
to his cornet playing. Quintet, in 
j a switch from the norm, plays with- 
| out any bass accompaniment in the 
rhythm section. 


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riiarlcy Foy ? s 

(SHERMAN OAKS, CAL.) 

(FOLLOWUP) 

Shenman Oaks, Aug. 29. 

The “comedy revue” which teed 
off here several weeks ago has 
proven so successful that bon if ace- 
emcee Charley Foy has decided to 
continue it, even though star. Ben 
Blue has hied to. New York for, 
video' work. Stepping in to take 
over the stellar spot, and do a 
little of his own stuff as well, is 
Joe Frisco.; The hilarity thus reach- 
es new heights. 

Frisco adapts himself easily to the 
low comedy routines which go to 
make up the “revue,” clowns a 
bit with Foy and then holds down 
the spotlight himself with his 
“horseroom” . routine and a spot 
of the inimitable Frisco dancing. 
As expected, he works easily,' 
knowing wher to let loose With 
apt ad-libbing to work the crowd 
into the turn in keeping With the 
informal, roadhouse atmosphere of 
the spot. 

Strong supporting stints con- 
tinue to come from such comics as 
Cully Richards, Sid Fields and 
Sammy Wolf, with Roberta Lee bn 
the vocals and Kay Parsons han- 
| filing keyboard-singing while the 
Abbey Browne combo rests. Actu- 
I ally, of course, everybody is in the 
show, particularly in the rousing 
glee ..club number in which the 
busboys.- waiters, chef and onion- 
peelers all get a chance to slice a 
little different type of ham: 

Kap. 


Blue Note, Oil 

Chicago, Aug, 30. 
Mildred Bailey . Adrian Rollini 
Trio, Joe Marsala band (5), ?io 
minimum, no cover. 


This nitery is on a continuous- 
entertainment policy, with chirper 
Mildred Bailey splitting off the 
two instrumental groups. Layout 
adds up as neat fare for this jazz 
spot, with Miss Bailey nabbing 
heavy dividends with some simple 
and wistful piping. ; “ 

Current engagement marks first 
Tegular nitery appearance for the 
singer since her illness, but she 
shows no visible signs of the lay- 
off. Her chirping' seems unchanged 
through the years, is still fresh, 
packing plenty of feeling, and 
commands close attention. Opens 
with , “Got The World On A 
String,” then carries over slow 
tempo; for “It’s So Peaceful,” 
“Rockin’ Chair,” arid “Lover Come 
Back.” She accelerates only for 
“St. Louis Blues” to score heavily. 

Booking, of Adrian Rollini comes 
as something of , a surprise for 
this spot. Instrumentals are all on 
the quiet side,, with vibist alter- 
nating on ■ three*-, tempos. First 
chorus is played straight, merging 
into Latin tempo, and finally into 
bounce. Group setup consists of 
vibes, electric guitar and bass, 
With Rollini doubling on celestine, 
chimes and piano. .Combo runs 
through slick arrangements of 
“Sorrento.” “Limehouse Blues,” 
“Estrellita,” “Sunrise Serenade” 
and neat version .• of “Loch 
Lomond” for lusty hand. Guitarist 
A1 Purvis acquits well on vocals 
to “Count Every Star” and “Amer- 
ican Beauty Bose.” 

Joe Marsala unit, billed as a 
dixieland band, backs for Miss 
Bailey and has stint of its own. 
Unit tees off on two-beat einpo for 
half-chorus on standard dixie stuff, 
but with lengthy riffing and little 
Or no instrumental backing, dixie 
flavor gets lost and group loses 
initial drive. Band sports clarinet, 
trumpet, trombone, . drums, and 
piano. With the exception of some 
fine clarinet work by leader, 
balance of group is, at best, ..rqu? 
tine. Mel. 


cycle of song impressions, the 
woodenhead “singing” them, Min- 
ton makes the best and the most 
hay. Heller is sticking strictly to 
the m.c. chores with this layout in 
deference to Miss Peel since that 
would put two singers on the bill. 
He’s so popular in his own room 
star could well help herself to ad- 
ditional insurance . by perhaps 
teaming up with him at the finish 
on “I Can Do Anything Better.” 

Herman Middleman, here since 
Carousel opened nearly four years 
ago, still dishes out smart dansapar 
tion and good show music with his 
five-piece outfit. Cohen 


Iteachwnlk, Oil 

(EDGEWATER beach HOTEL) 

Chicago, Aug. 29, 

. Jimmy Nelson, The Darkens, 
Charles Sheldon , Dorothy Hild 
Ballet Co., Jimmy Dorsey Orch 
( 16 ) i with . Pat O’Connor, Shorty 
Slier pek; $1.80-$2.30 admission. 


\ Carousel, Pitt 

Pittsburgh, Aug. 30. 
Sandra Deel, Sheets Minton, 
Evelyn Mar ova, Jackie Heller, Her- 
man Middleman’s Orch; $3-$3.50 
minimum. 


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"Danny Crystal, cur- 
rently at the Normandie 
Roof, is a comedian 
with genuine and orig- 
inal wit and a manner 
of presentation that is 
both, polished and ef- 
fortless. 

. . . Danny Crystal is 
one of the best come- 
dians to play at the 
Normandie Roof." 

—BRIAN MacDONALD, 
Montreal Herald. 


"His material is always 
fresh and his comedy is 
s m o o t h , .gentlemanly 
and a definite relief 
from the run-of-the-mill 
night club comic. This 
time he is playing In a 
very big room and he 
has adapted his act ad- 
mirably to reach every 
table." 

—.Harold Whitehead, 
The Gazette. 


"Never letting the size 
of the room get him 
down, Danny breezes 
through his material 
with ease, telling some 
very entertaining, sto- 
ries, fitting his ad-libs to 
the mood of the audi- 
ence ana getting off the 
impression routines for 
much applause." 

—MAX NEWTON, 
Montreal Standards 


Little Jackie Heller, made a 
smart buy in Sandra Deel, cashing 
in plenty on the cascade of pub- 
licity and .plaudits she got at Pitt 
Stadium playing title role, in out- 
door production of “Annie Get 
Your Gun.” Both room and singer 
grabbed plenty of additional space 
when, Heller let her out of first 
three' days of her single-week con- 
tract, for which she agreed to stay 
nine days, so “Annie” could be held 
over for trio of performances at 
Stadium: 

Miss Deel looks great on the 
floor, is strikingly gowned and has 
plenty on the ball vocally, but she 
made a major mistake, at opening 
show in her routining. Starting 
with a slow number and following 
it with another one pretty much 
the same proved so much of a 
’ handicap that it took her until al- 
most the. end, with a pair from 
“Annie”— “They Say It’s Wonder- 
: ful” and “Sun in the Morning”— 

1 to get them solidly in her corner. 

| Gal has all the equipment nec- 
i essary to click in a cafe, particu- 
i larly one in the class category, if 
she sets up the right catalog in 
the right order. Something a little 
away from the pop cycle would be 
helpful, tod, and so would a couple 
of the lighter ones from the Irving 
Berlin score, like “Doin’ What 
Comes Naturally” and. “Can’t Get j 
a Man With a Gun,” Particularly ; 
here anyway where she’s just been , 
so recently and intimately associ- 
ated with “Annie,” I 

Show opens with some sparkling : 
toe work by Evelyn Marova (New i 
Acts) and she’s followed by Skeets ! 
Minton, a new Ventriloquist. . in j 
these parts who looks like a comer, i 
Minton only needs to solidify 
what he’s got, cutting out some of 
the extraneous stuff. When he gets 
with the dummy, and goes into the 


Current layout here is breezier 
than customary Dorothy Hild 
shows, using only one act to sup- 
plement Jimmy Dorsey orch and 
the Hild ballet numbers. Ventrilo- 
quist Jimmy Nelson snares hefty 
response soaking up abuse from 
dummy, Danny O’Day, whose quick 
uptake and snide patter browbeat 
the cowering ventro. Bashful voice- 
tosser is taiior-made stooge for the 
duriimy, but also pulls off some 
fancy tonsil-capers by stuffing gag 
in 0 ? Day’s rnouth to emit some ac- 
curate squashed vocalizing While, 
dummy choruses on “The Best , 
Things in Life Are Free,” pulling ! 
heavy returns. Nelson also switch- j 
es the standard smoking routine,^ 
this time letting O’Day puff and 
voice-toss while ventro moves his 
own libs. He brings in another pup- ! 
pet, Humphrey Higsby, and trio i 
team for chorus of “Rag Mop” fpr 
sock clpse. 

Dorsey orch comes made-to-or- 
der for the juve dance crowd here. 
Band sports plenty of bounce, em- 
ploying a five-reed, seven-brass, 
three-rhythm arrangement, with 
the maestro fronting, with his alto. 
Orch has- stint midway, featuring 
fast version of “Sweet Georgia 
Brown,” with Dorsey taking the 
lead all the wa„ on alto, and full 
brass section filling-in, to haul-in 
tremendous plaudits. Following is 
brunet chirper Pat O’Connor and 
trumpeter Shorty Sherock, merg- 
ing for horn-vocal duet on “Kiss 
Me.” Thrush takes first Chorus 
straight, with Sherock filling in on 
muted trumpet. Pair then duet as 
Sherock plays talking horn, which 
retorts to Miss O’Connor’s lyrics. 
Band closes With .dixieland num- 
ber, “South Rampart Street Pa- 
rade,” using tenor, clarinet, trom- 
bone, .trumpet, and full rhythm, 
with full reed and brass merging 
at close. — 

Dance team, The Darkens, sup- 
plement the ballet group with some 


lively South African terping. The 
voodoo type number is a pleasant 
change from Miss Hild’s usual 
idiom of lavish-but-not-sexy stuff, 
and registers strongly with seat- 
holders. Baritont Charles Sheldon 
handles background vocals, doing 
an exceptionally fine job providing 
traditional South African warbling. 
Ballet group is spotlighted in open- 
ing number, ‘Hoop De Doo,” which 
makes a neat show pacer. Mel. 

Clover Clul » 9 Miami 

Miami, Aug. 27. 

Kirby Stone Quintet, Christine 
Johnson, Jeann Forrest, Carlyle 
Dancers (6) with Rudy Trohto, 
Woody Woodbury, Tony Lopez 
! Orch; minimum $1.50,. $2.50. 

Jack Goldina, has come up with 
what looks like a successor to 
perennial favorites in his Clover 
Club, the Vagabonds, in the Kirby 
! Stone Quintet. 

Comparison with the Vagabonds 
is inevitable : for the Stone group. 
From opening night reaction, how- 
ever, it looks like Goldman has 
come up with tne answer to falling 
biz in recent Weeks. On basis of 
arid reaction the quintet is a click. 
Combo of accordion-piano, bass, 
■ drums, sax arid trumpet, plus the 
j vocals of “coweyes” goes over big. 
r Leaving impresh of being accom- 
plished musicians, they do almost 
as well in the clowning depart- 

(Coutinued on page 53) 


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Some Day I'll Have My Own Palace 
Theatre-r-(To be continued), * 


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Warner Thea., Havana, Cuba 

Sept. 21 - Oct. 4 

Thanks: Harry Smith-Herb Marks Agcy. 
Management: 

MATTY ROSEN, New York 
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Wednesday, September 6, 1950 




A dispute between Toronto nit- 
ery operators and the Musicians 
Union of that city may darken , all 
niteries for some time. Union is 
seeking to have the operators agree 
to a scale which guarantees 52- 
week annual employment to toot- 
lers. Bonifaces are battling this 
demand on the ground that they 
do not Operate continuously 
throughout the year. 

The Prince George, due to open 
last week, 'is attempting to effect 
an agreement which will enable 
them to open next week, but no 
pact is likely. Prince George man- 
agement is reported to have of- 
fered an increased scale as sub- 
stitute for year-round employment 
stipulation. Union has rejected 
this. 

The Club Norman at the outset 
of the difficulties installed a non- 
union band; As a consequence, 
the American Guild of Variety Art- 
ists pulled its performers. Cafe 
is now operating with a non-union 
band and show. It’s felt unlikely 
that spot will be able to continue 
with non-union acts- because of dif- 


Fields Joins Shaw Agcy. 

Sid Fields, formerly with Milt 
Ebbens, has joined Shaw Artists 
Corp. as head of agency’s tele, 
radio and record department. 

He replaces Jack Green, who 
left to go with Music Corp. of 
America. 



VIC HYDE 


Mgt.: HORRABIN, D«« Moln*» 


I 

Acuity in .obtaining proper enter- 
tainers. . 

The Barclay is currently Operat- 
ing under an old agreement which 
expires this month. Management 
of that spot is expected to join 
other bonif aces in resisting the 
year-round employment clause. 

Most of the major Toronto nit- 
eries use America 11 nets. Probably 
the heaviest talent . buyer in the 
area is the Prince George which 
has a name policy. 

Cafes are expected to attempt 
operation as straight eateries until 
the situation resolves itself. 




With Syiatra as Draw 

Atlantic City, Sept. 5. 

. Labor day weekend business at 
Steel Pier was reported 30% ahead 
of last year Sunday (3) by Richard 
Endicott, who manages spot for 
George A. Hamid. 

Endicott said that Frank Sinatra, 
headlining the vaudeville there, 
was packing them in, giving from 
seven to a possible 10 shows daily, 
Since the Music Hall, Where Sin- 
atra is playing, has a 22,000 seating 
capacity, it is; estimated that Sin- 
atra will have played to about 66,- 
000 during his four day engage- 
ment, which ended yesterday (4). 
Admission of $1.25 entitles payee 
to all pier amusements. 

Appearing with Sinatra were Ed- 
die White, comic who emceed show, 
Roy Benson, Taylor Bros, Narda 
and Mardrake, and Hal Sands’ line. 

Pier remains open through Sun- 
day (10), when Marion Hutton and 
Jack Douglas will be the headliners 
with Art Mooney orchestra in ball- 
room. After that pier will operate 
on weekends on through autumn. 


Channel Swimmer Pacted 
For Sports Events Dates 

Florence Chadwick, who recent- 
ly swam. the English Channel, has 
been signed by the - William Morris 
Agency. She’s being submitted for 
sports promotions. 

It’s planned to have the San 
Diego, Cal,, girl lecture on all her 
dates. 

It’s recalled that (Gertrude 
Ederle, the first woman to conquer 
the Channel, made some vaude 
appearances after her feat. 




RALPH and LORRAINE 

Currently PALACE, New York 


Recently 
On Broadway 
‘SONG 0FN0RWAY’ 
‘MAGDALENA’ 

Thanks 
DAN FRIENDLY 



"Ralph and Lor- 
raine, they are, to 
put it mildly, SEN- 
SATIONAL... I rec- 
ommend. them for 
any room In the 
country . . . They 
stopped the show 
In the OPENING 
SPOT.".:. 

LEE MORTIMER, 
Daily Mirror, N. Y. 

". . . Is one of the 
BEST acrobatic danc- 
ing acts that has hit 
the Latin Quarter in 
a long, long time." 
CINCINNATI 
TIMES STAR 


Dir.: JIMMY SCHURE, LEO COHEN Office, HO W. 46 St„ New York, JU 2-2000 


HARRY ADLER 

Takes Pleasure In 
Announcing that 

CHARLES H. 

Is Now Associated With the 






In Charge Of 

Theatre — Television — Radio B ookings 

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165 West 46th Street 
New York City 19, N. Y. 

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Fire Sweeps Chi Fair, 
Damage Set at $75,000 

Chicago, Sept. 5. 

Fire swept through the Chicago 
Lake Front Fair administration 
building last we^k^ causing damage 
estimated at about $75,000. 

Blaze disrupted telephone service 
for several days and also burned 
large quantities of admission tick- 
ets and uniforms. Emergency of- 
fices were set up. for rest of the 
exposition, which closed yesterday 
(4). 



Bartel 

Sounds Off on Europe 
After 14-Month Tour 

Editor, Variety : 

When one is anxious to see Paris 
and the rest of Europe, and with 
the summer season approaching 
anyway, one takes a chance. I 
packed my formals and Orchestra- 
tions, two boxes of kleenex and a 
bar of soap, bought myself a plane 
ticket and set off 14 months ago 
for what I had planned to be a six- 
week tour of the Continent. I 
stayed well over a year. Played 
everything from a swank boite in 
Paris to a turban-crowd in Leb- 
anon. After re-reading my diary, 
here are a few facts which I feel 
are important, for American per- 
formers to consider before they 
make the trip: 

Transportation; Most clubs do 
not furnish transportation .from or - 
to the States. They do, however, 
furnish transportation from bookr- 
ing to booking within Europe. 
Most club managers work hand in 
hand by setting a performer in 
geographical continuity. Thereby, 
each club only has to furnish 
transportation up to the town of 
the next date, until the performer 
^gradually works his way back to 
his home base, in my case Paris. 
Essentially it is the same system 
as the good old American institu- 
tion of circuit booking. Only in- 
stead of playing New Haven, Hart- 
ford and Boston, one plays Cairo, 
Beyrouth and Athens. 

Agents: Most performers work 
through one agent located in their 
home base country. In foreign 
countries, these agents have to en- 
list the services of; local agents. 
Usually the commission is split; 
sometimes though, the contracts 
get mixed up and the performer is 
left paying 15% instead of the 
usual 10. No sight is more Wel- 
lcome when arriving in a strange., 
country than the sight of a smiling ; 
character Who turns out to be your j 
local agent. He is the one who 
pre-arranges the welcoming rou- 
tine, such as local publicity, hotel 
reservations and setting up re- 
hearsal periods, as well as the in- 
evitable armful of flowers. 

Money: The question which is 
almost more important than “how ! 
much” is Ihe one of .Vwhat is the 
rate of exchange?”. Very often the 
figures mentioned at the outset of 
an engagement sound terrific, only 
to experience a terrific letdown 
when arriving at the scene of the 
engagement. Suddenly- the ex- 
pected figure dwindles down to 
one-third by a beating of the rate 
of exchange. In Spain, for in- . 
stance, 20 pesetas constitute $1. 
When I finished my four-week 
stand there, I was lucky to get $1 
for 40 pesetas, cutting my expected 
salary in half, The smartest thing 
to do is to do all the shopping pos- 
sible, thereby getting the most out 
of your earned money. Some 
countries even have special rates 
for “artists.” The further one gets 
a Way from the big towns, . the 
larger the salary is. Paris and 
Rome are strictly prestige towns; 
the money is in places like Africa, 
Portugal and the Middle East. The 
cost of living varies greatly in each 1 
country, Spain being the cheapest 

(Continued on page 53) ! 


Atlantic City, Sept. 5. 

A 100,000. gate looms for the 1950 
Miss America Pageant which starts 
tomorrow (6). It’s anticipated to 
draw 4b,000 to the huge Convention 
hall where Miss America; 1951, will 
be selected and crowned Saturday 
(9) bight. \ 

Last year *the gross for the four 
judging events was $83,000 with an 
attendance of 30,000. ,Advance 
sales so far this year (2) were re- 
ported at $34,000. These figures do 
not include ticket sales for the Pa- 
geant parade, scheduled this after- 
noon (5). along the long boardwalk 
before an expected capacity audi- 




In Damage Suit vs. MCA 

Los Angeles, Sept. 5, 
Abner Greshler filed a petition 
in Superior court for permission 
to take depositions of Dean Martin 
and Jerry Lewis, his former clients, 
and Julfes Stein of MCA, their cur- 
rent agent. 

Greshler declares he needs their 
testimony in his damage suit 
against th^im He charges MCA 
with luring his clients by means of 
“gifts, loans and other induce- 
ments.” 


ence, nor do they include program 
sales and other income. 

Warner Bros, is reported to have 
paid the Pageant directors $50,000 
for the right to shoot background 
scenes for a full length feature pic- 
ture based on the Pageant. A crew 
from Warners, including William 
Guthrie, location manager, arrived 
here last Wednesday (30) and since 
has been shooting location stuff 
about the city. 

Again this year local radio sta- 
tions are not being permitted to 
broadcast the Pageant on a run- 
ning basis, Saturday night except- 
ed. House then is sellout anyway, 
so an all-evening broadcast will be 
permitted. The usual set-up will 
permit various newsreels to make 
shots. . • 

Bob Russell returns to emcee 
show. Judging starts Wednesday 
night (6) when 54 girls will be di- 
vided into three groups and will be 
picked for talent, etc. A $25,000 
scholarship prize plus an estimated 
income of some $50,000 is winner’s 
lot/ 

Besides the Miss America of last 
year and 1948, Miss Wisconsin, *49; 
Miss Minnesota, 49; and Miss, Kan- 
sas, ’48 will retrun to entertain. 

Pageant tickets are scaled from 
$1 .25 to $3 for orchestra arid $1 flat 
general admission weekdays. Or- 
chestra- prices Saturday night range 
from $2:50 to $6.15 while general 
admission is $2. 


ALAN and BLANCHE 






Just concluded: 

Mark Hopkins Hotel 

San Francisco 

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Ed Sullivan TV Show 

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VAtTDEVILLK 


Wednesday, September 6, 1950 


Hill Country Resorts 


Continued from page 49 


concerts. This spot has aided in the 
development of such outfits as the 
Group Theatre,, which one season 
it. imported intact for dramatic 
presentations there. It was among 
the first to stage dance festivals 
which helped -'develop .-Helen. 
Tamiris as a. choreographer. .This' 
year, the spot, introduced .opera^p-f 
the-round, in which works oil . tfre 
masters are presented, arena-style 

in an open air amphitheatre. 

The tendency at this resort, as 
well as others that cater to an $80 
and up weekly crowd* is to increase 
the amount of classic entertain- 
ments available without diminish- 
ing pop varieties. 

Television, as a result, has found 
a fertile field of new ideas in the 
mountain-camps. Most of these 
inns have huge backlogs . of 



MEMO to: 


JAY 

JASON 

“Enjoyed the two biggest 

weeks of the . season With 

» • • * -. 

the greatest comedian to 
ever play my club. .[Only: 
wish your previous book- 
ings had not prevented a 
longer engagement here.” 

Lewis "Dutch'- Shields 
Dunes Club 
Virginia Beach, Va> 


CURRENTLY 

Jackie Heller's Carousel 
Pittsburgh 


HEY, TV— HERE'S ME 


Sketches and revues, most of which 
haven’t been performed on the 
commercial stages. Performers in 
the resident companies frequently 
start out as- variety acts and by. the 
season’s end-have picked up suffi- 
cient experience to direct drajnatld 
productions, ; do' •#, jbU..pL ^writing, 
apd even work in i: opsi^vi c tuts, /The. 
schooling hoohi ,.Vftlup)5ie for 

every category of , performer., . 

' 50G For < Enter tainineht>. ' 

The Green Mansions outfit this j 
year has spent fclose ;to $50,000 j 
for its entertainment needs. Resort ' 
housed a resident company of ! 
around 40 performers which in- 
cludes an offshoot of the Lemon- 
ade Opera, which performed in 
Greenwich Village, N. Y., as well 
as standard /. performers Bernie 
West and Mickey Ross, balleteers 
Zamira Gon and Nina Ddva; and 
musical conductor ^ou Haber, who j 
frequently writes scores of original 
revues. . •. 

Much of the writing, while done 
by staffers, must be imported. 
Glucksmart, who writes for radio 
and video during the time when 
he’s not at the resort, contributes 
material, does Dorothy Sachs, 
who has written for “Blackbirds” 
as well as other shows. Writers of 
all .categories find the mountains 
suitable testing spots since it’s felt 
that the audiences comprise a suit- 
able cross-section. 

The importance of Green Ma n- • 
sioiis type resorts to the video field 1 
is demonstrated by the fact : thut 
major talent agencies are now 
scouting many of the better-known 
resorts. For example, Harry Kal- 
cheim of the William Morris 
agency, and Herb Rosenthal, head 
of the Music Corp. of America tee- 
vee department, have made trips to 
that spot. Other spots are also be- 
ing gandered. 

Because of the speed with which 
video is burning up material and 
also performers, it’s, probable that 
the networks will call upon talent 
and writing developed at these 
spots with Increasing frequency. 

W hi. W allace Joins Grossman 
Des Moines, Sept. 5. 

William Wallace has ' joined the 
Irving H. Grossman agency as head 
of the orchestra department. ... He 
will continue to head his own band 
on mid-west dates. 

Wallace was formerly program 
director of radio station, KIOA, 
De$ Moines. 


REPEAT AT $15, 000 

Las Vegas, Sept. 5. 

Phil Spitalny all-girl orch has 
been signed for a return date at 
the Last Frontier, Las Vegas, in 
December, at $15,000 weekly. He’ll 
be there for four weeks. 

Spitalny is currently at ; the 
Riyerside hotel, Reno, where he is 
one, of [the top grossers that ever 
played tb[at inn. At conclusion of 
tWs [date, he’ll return to New York 
where., lie’s slated to play a stand, 
at t'l}e 1 Qapitol theatre following 
ruh di etiVrent bill. 



Big Illusion 


Continued from paif 8 


Myron Cohen tapped for the 
Paramount, N. Y., Sept. 27. . , . 
Maxine S u 1 1 i y a n . starts at La 
Commedia, N. Y., to mo r r o w 
(Thurs.) . Jean Carroll into 

the Latin Quarter, N. Y- , Oct. 24. 
Also slated for a shot on the Ed 
Sullivan video show, Sept, 24. 


have gone fishing, either, because 
hauling in a big one develops mus- 
cles. If the room rent Went along 
With the advice I still wouldn’t 
have listened t3 them. The most 
important answer about this ABC- 
deal is that I like this medium 
called radio. What’s more, I think 
the medium’s right up my runway, 
and if sofneone, will please hold the 
cover to my typewriter I’d like to 
tell you why. 

.. I’m a kid who*9 gone in a lot for 
illusion, the stuff of which dreams 
j and show, business are made. At 
; the age of 1$ I knew the value of 
keeping on something flimsy when 
the rest of the gals at ' Minsky’s 
were working on the third layer 
of skiii. When they covered them- 
selVes with a 1 dark blue spotlight 
I covered myself with a Shubert 
pink and black lace undies. Why? 
Because the • naked skin to . the 
naked eye is just# so fiiuch epi- 
dermis, but When it’s hinted at 
rather than hollered about, it al- 
lows for illusion. 

It’s illusion, for example, that 
makes it possible for Martin and 
Pinza to sing their way around a 
lot ; of painted, props and give the 
impression of steaming passion in 
the tropical jUfigle. The audience 
knows darned well those chunks 
of cardboard, and papier-mache 
aren’t real cocoanut trees, but to 


Chicago 

Chicago, Sept. 5. 

Dave Barry and Los Gatos Trio 
join Frankie Laine at the Chez 
Paree, Sept. 15 . . Phil Lampkin of j 
the William Morris office takes over | 
the booking of the Club Hollywood I 
and has set Mickey Manners, Pro- j 

fessor Fabian, Vickey Deviner, ! . „ ...... , . .. .. 

Phyliss Seymour for the first show, ! Set then* money s worth they pre- 
Sept. 8. . .Palace; Rockford,; 111., i tend - They work as hard as the 
resumes weekend vaude Oct. 1 : actors in pretending. It’s all in the 
with the Sam Roberts office again j eye of the beholder. Well,, with 
booking . . . Silver Frolics reopens radio the same thing: is true, -except 
Sept 13 Und lO girl line and Ellen ; that here the illusion Is all in the 
Fargo with Greshay & Broura, Jill 1 ear of the belis^ener. 

Adams, Joyce Bailey, and Dick | You want the audience to pre- 
Raymond. Vine Gardens goes ; tend th it they’re with you at the 
back to name policy with Barton ; edge o£ a babbling: brook, so a 
Sept. 7, almig^ with _Folie ; sound fellow crinkles a hunk of 
Miller and Judy Talbot Bobby ^ cellophane neai the: mike and 

nn!rE alI ih i presto— a million listeners are not 

Birmingham,^ Ala^V ..Skeets Minton 0 "'* on th « , b f. nks of the brook 
headlines at the Casino, Sept. 8. jwith you, but the more energetic 
. Johnny Bachemin returns to , one s arc in a canoe and ^working 
Helsings Sept. 8 . .Professor Back- i u P a sweat with the paddle. No 
wards set for the Brown Hotel, [Matter how you slice the tape, it’s 


out through a few well chosen 
questions What Makes Them 'Tick. 

When I ask a guest from, the stu- 
dio audience how romantic he is 
with his wife I’m not just asking 
him I’m ask ng every would-be 
Gable who’s, tuned in on . ABC. , 
Actually, the guest in the studio 
has it a lot tougher than the man 
in. his own parlor, because Gable 
No. 2 can answer any way his heart 
and ego desire. That’s illusion at 
its fanciest and fulsomest and I’m 
all for U. 

And if you don’t think that il- 
lusion is what makes the kilocycles 
go round, remember what Hamlet 
once said: “Stay illusion! If thou 
hast any sound or use of voice, 
speak to me.”. Even before radio 
he knew that illusion sounds most 
effective with sound effects. 

By the way, before we drop the 
subject^let me* point out that, ac- 
cording to the Oxford dictionary, 
illusion isn’t simply “a mental pic- • 
ture of something that isn’t so.” 
It also, according to the word-wise, 
has reference to “a very thin, deli- 
cate sort of veil.” 


Louisville Oct. 6 and into Eddy’s, 
Kansas City, Oct. 27 for a repeat 
. . . Jessica Dragonette set for Cin- 
derella Ball, Detroit, Sept. 23, 


still illusion, accomplished not with 
sight but with sound, and maybe 
a dab of fury. 

That’s for me. As an illusion kid 
I went through plenty of years of 
show business— name it, I played 
it. I've Invited audiences to pre- 
tend with me that we’re escaping 
from Bobby Clark, in love with 


NEW YORK POST, AUGUST 27 

Joan Brandon Mystifies 
With Her Magic 

“How 1 about a drink? 1 Milk,: 
coffee, beer, bourbon, . scotch, any 
kind of. cocktail, champagne — or 
whatever else you want. Joan 
Brandon, who : is that rarity, a 
personable LADY magician, can 
supply them all on stage in the 
new eight-act show at the.RKO 
Palace. She also seemingly polls 
lighted cigarets out of her skin. 
No long sleeves for her. She’s 
got pretty shoulders and arms, 
and she exhibits them.” 

•H. J. 



JOAN BRANDON 

'America's First Lady of Magic 1 

Just Concluded ^ftplGE, New York 


Variety,' Aug’. 30 


Billboard, Aug. 24 


“Joan Brandon makes ah ex- 
cellent impression with ' some 
magic bits and. her maglic bar 
act, in which she dispenses from 
an empty cocktail shaker any 
drink named by the audience V . 


Thanks to DAN FRIENDLY 


Joan Brandon Amazes 

‘'Working, with a black light, 
magician Joait 'Brandon amazed 
"with a magic cane bit that drew 
a big hand, followed with th e 
magic • cocktail party and the 
wellrbuilt-up bit of getting eggs 
into water glasses. The latter 
recently got national publicity. 
The crowd liked her. Joe Martin. 

Placed by EDDIE SMITH 


REX 


RAMER 


Currently: 

BARNES & CARRUTHERS 
FAIRS 

Direction: 

EDDIi ELKORT 
Lew A Lisli* Grad*, Ltd., Inc. 
250 West 57th Street 
New York, N. Y. 


Hollywood 

Eileen Barton opens at Ciro’s 
tomorrow (6) with a new nitery act 

1 penned by David Gregory and . . . . , . . 

! Wally Wechsler , . . Judy Clark at ! D P n Amechg-and looking for Flue- 
: the Golden hotel, Reno, for a two- ! gal ^street. Now, decibelmg instead 
vveeker with Foy Willing and the j of disrobing, I’m still asking them 
Eiders of the Purple Sage . . . j to pretend with me— that I’m sit- 
Kay Starr booked for a fortnight • ting with them in their parlors get- 
at Flamingo, Las Vegas, opening ; ting them to talk about their favor- 
Sept. 28 . . .Mel Tonne opens . at ; ite subject^ -themselves. Finding'll 
the Oriental, Chicago, Thursday ; 

(7) for two weeks ... Patti. Moore 
and Ben Xessy trek east for a 
Sept. 21 bow at the Beverly Club, 
outside Cincinnati . . .Herbers and 
Dale join the Biitmore (hotel) Bowl 
layout Monday (11) . . . Billy Dan- 
iel and the Dansations, 10-girl line, 
open at the Fairmont hotel Frisco 
Sept 12, and trek down to L. A. 
for a Cocoanut Grove bow Oct. 10, 
with Jack Smith. 



Saranac Lake 

j By Happy Benway 

I Saranac Lake, Sept. 5. 

' The Kyre Olson’s in to visit Ed 
' (IATSE) Gaiser: 

I Don Wright, from N. Y. C. Ra- 
dio City Music Hall, in for rest 
observation. ' 

! Among the Variety Clubites who 
attended the local Elk’s ainnual 
clambake were Dolly Gallagher, 
Kitty Bernard, Sam (RKO) Kelley, 
Joe (UA) Phillips, Charles Kauf- 
hold, John Lake, Johnny Nolan 
1 and John Rosenberg. Following 
i the bake an entertainment and 
i dance was given by Doren Bouche’s 
'•’Baltimore Five, 

A hod of appreciation to Harry 
Jackson for taking time out to en- 
: tertain the kiddies at the William 
i Moris Memorial Park. Also for his 
t visits to the lodge to cheer up the 
ailing gang. 

Charles “Chick” Lewis and 
Murray Weiss, Variety Clubs-Will 
Rogers hospital executives, in for , 
a general look-see and check up on i 
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Wednesday, September 6, 1950 


Variety 


VAUDEVILLE 




Talent employment around New 
York is expected to be at a low 
ebb now as Labor Day marks the 
knell of activity in the mountain 
resortSi One of the reasons for the 
anticipated slack will be the failure 
of the RKO and Loew circuits to 
start their one-nighter theatre 
dates in force until later in the 
season, and clubdates Won’t be hit- 
ting high gear until October. 

So far, the Loew circuit hasn’t 
. made any plans for its one and 
two-night vaude stands and RKO 
is currently • down to four houses. 
No pickup i$ anticipated for some-; 
time. ' 

The . acts _ that must 1 depend on 
the mountain dates and the one- 
nightefs for the bulk of their in- 
come generally aren’t the calibre 
used in the top niteries. These 
turns must depend bn the smaller 
cafes for their more protracted 
engagements. Majority of these 
will be opening after Labor Day, 

Many acts anticipate that con- 
ditions will be much fetter around 
New York later this year. It’s$ ex- 
pected that the club, date field 
will pick up because , of war ac- 
tivity. They look forward to an 
increase in sales meets and or- 
ganization activity so that the 
year’s take will be on par with 
last year despite a slow September. 

Balto Club Pacts Names 

The Club Charles, Baltimore, 
will resume name shows shortly. 
Spot has already set Sophie Tucker 
to start No. 15. 


Jean Bartel, 

Continued from page Si 




Featuring Original 3-High 
Foot-to-Foof Somersault 

as Pictured in 

Nov. Iisut of ’tie" Maqoiino 

Currently 

NEBRASKA STATE FAIR 


HARRY GREBEN 
203 No. Wabash 
Chicago, III. 


MILES INGALLS 
Hotel Astor 
New York 


and Switzerland probably t h e 
highest. 

Repertoire: American standards 
are always welcomed, European 
audiences prefer to hear Songs 
which they are familiar with rather 
than new songs; I used all the 
old. standbys such as “Begin the 
Beguine” and “Man I Love.” 

I learned some French songs, 
which were almost a necessity, not 
only in Paris but in every other 
country. Also, it is a good policy 
to present at least one song in 
the local language. The audiences 
like to see you cope with their 
native tongue, however poor the 
attempt may turn out to be. The 
accepted American routining of 
a program does not always hold 
true. It is! quite acceptable to open 
with a very slow, pianissimo ballad 
to get the attention of the audi- 
ence. Paris right now is on a 
strong Latin kick; anything Span- 
ish or Cuban goes over big. 
Gowns are very important to the 
success of the act. The mbre 
changes you have the better, since 
essentially the same people are out 
front every night. 

No Set Show Time 

There is Usually no set time for 
the show to go on. The manager 
decides when you are to appear, 
according to the turnout of that 
particular night. There is also no 
set time for the club to close, the 
poor musicians have to stay there 
until the last patron decides to call 
it a night. 

A very ticklish problem for a 
singer is the question of orchestra- 
tions. Every club has an entirely 
different combination, from 20 
strings to an accordion and three 
guitars. It is advisable always' to 
have a full piano-part available. 
Usually they come in handier than 
any expensive orchestrations, There 
is usually no such thing as en- 
trance or exit music— sometimes 
you get a sustained chord in G to 
get off. The programming of 
the shows is sometimes rather 
puzzling to the American taste. I 
Can recall playing in a show where 
I followed six separate dancing 
acts. 

The first time I was conscious of 
the war in Korea was when I was 
! refused a working permit to work 
i in Portugal. I had the American 
! Embassy get in touch with the 1 
' Portuguese Embassy to find put the 
; exact reason for the refusal, The 
i answer was that they weren’t 
1 lotting any North Americans work 
] in Portugal for the present time on 
account of the war in Korea. This 
; is not general throughout Europe 
: or the Middle East. 

j Does any of this sound like I’m 
I complaining? Comes next sum- 
mer, I’ll do it all over again a 4 the 
drop of a TWA ticket. 

Jean Bartel. 

(Ed. note: The writer is an 
American singer just returned 
from a European tour.) 


Celebrity Theatres Gets 
Majestic in Adelaide 

Adelaide, Aug, 22. 

Celebrity Theatres, headed by 
Harry Wren, has obtained a long- 
term lease on the 1,020-seater Ma- 
jestic here, and will spot revues in 
house. First will be the U. S. 
version of “Ladies Night in a Turk- 
ish Bath,” with preem listed for 
October. Dave Gould, who pro- 
duced the Aussie version of the 
Olsen- Johnson show, “Hellzapop- 
pin/ ” returns here Aug. 24 ’With 
several U. S. acts under contract'.* 

Af^er huddles with Gould, Wren 
will plane to America to looksee 
shows and talent for Down TJnder; 
The Tatler in Sydney will get Van 
Loewe, South African hypnotist. 


Bad Weather 

Continued from pace 49 



Boston, Sept. 5. 

Dormant HUb nightlife is due 
for hypo next week when two im- 
portant spots, the Oval Room and 
Latin Quarter open for the season. 
With definite trend towards name 
attractions hereabouts management 
of both spots will contfnue that 
policy for the forthcoming season. 

Oval Room, in Hub’s swank Cop- 
ley Plaza hotel will tee-off the sea- 
son Sept. 13 with Carl Brisson, 
followed by heavy roster of names 
that should pull solid biz during 
their stints. Last season room did 
nicely with strong names but 
slumped with lesser knowns arid 
management is going along on the 
theory that you have to spend 
money to make it, this season. Ac- 
cordingly, such attractions as Con- 
nie Haines (plus another top act), 
Elsa Lanchester, Hoagy Carmi- 
chael, Hildegarde and Rudy Vallee 
will be seen here. There is also the 
possibility that Jimmy Durante, 
Burl Ives and Billy De Wolfe will 
be Signed shortly. 

The Latin Quarter is skedded. to 
open the following Sunday ( Sept, 
17) with Martha Raye in for a 
week’s stint, followed by Mills 
Bros, in a two-weeker. Spot will 
also stick to names with Danny 
Thomas, Carmen Mirandaj Tony 
Martin arid Gypsy Rose Lee all pos- 
sibilities for later dates, Sam 
Levenson, whose stint last spring 
broke all records at the L.Q. is 
another strong possibility for the 
spots name sweepstakes. 


one of the holdovers from last 
year, was hurt by the cold Weather 
and rain, as was the ice show and 
Vaude-circus attractions. Dixie- 
land, which took over from West- 
ern show last year, was on the 
wrong end of the midway. Only 
two paid attractions were covered, 
Children’s theatre, which with 
sriiaU seating capacity and quarter 
tab, could never get off the nut, 
arid IVfusic-iriHhe-Rountf, which un- 
der Charles Blake, was an artistic 
success , with. ► tab operettas pre- 
sented With Broadway cast; took a 
financial licking at the b.o. 

While the major backing for the ; 
Fair cable from local businessmen , 
with several department stores and 
newspapers alone pu tting up $200,- 
000, a spot check of several sub- 
scribers found reluctance to go for 
funds for next year. Also added to 
the generally poor situation, is the , 
possibility that the Korean war will 
continue into 1951 and traveling 
will be sharply curtailed. 

At this time no announcement 
has been made as to whether or 
not the exposition will continue— 
at least under the present set-up 
arid with the same policies. 



utton Hikes 



Detroit, Sept. 5. 

Betty Hutton returned to her 
home town, Detroit, after 12 years' 
to appear, at the Michigan State 
Fair for two days, Friday (i) and 
Saturday, She set a new two-day 
opening record for business at the 
Coliseum. 

The 10,000-seat Coliseum was 
sold out Saturday night and over 
$5,000 in mail orders had to be re- 
funded. On the basis of her draw. 
Fair manager James A. Friel in* 
vited Miss Hutton to return to 
headline the 1951 edition Of the 
fair. 


Night Club Reviews 


Continued from page 50 


Boniface Hoyer Becomes 

Whilom Wax Whirler 

v Hollywood, Sept. 5. 

Disk jockey Johnny Grant re- 
sumed his platter-pushing stint 
from the lobby of Giro’s nitery, 
with a quondam assistant. 

Boniface* H. D. Hover will sit in 
occasionally to gab. Bistro flacks 
compare the stint to those of 
Samuel Goldvtyri or Sir Thomas j 
Beecham. j 

Grant’s new show is six nights ; 
weekly as before, but over KGIL j 
rather than KMPC. Deejay also 
Will pack age celeb interviews, 
taped at the nitery, for a half-hour 
sponsored s h o w slated to bow 
Sept. 15 over KMPC. 


rio%’€*r (lull, Miami 

ment. However, when “Coweyes” 
takes over on his rousing vocal-; 
istics and Stone and the others 
takje off on such band and record- 
ing greats as C^vallaro, Armstrong, 
Calloway, Rose Murphy, Lombardo 

with an hilarious version of “OP 
Man River” they keep the mitt- 
met^r rising to a beg-off ; reception 
from the payees. The Louis Jordan* 
Louis Armstrong topper featuring 
Stone and “Coweyes” is a rousing 
bit that sews things up. 

Supporting acts are adequate. 
Christine Johnson does Latin tunes 
in fair fashion while Jeanne For- 
rest offers standard tapstering. The 
Carlyle Dancers, with Rudy TrOnto, 
hold over in a pair . of bizarre and 
colorful routines Woody Woodbury 
is ari affable am capable youngster 
who doubles from the lounge as 
emcee' Tony Lopez orch back- 
grounds in solir manner* L ary. 


Denmark’s New Revue House 
Copenhagen, Aug. 22. 

The popular revue theatre, the 
Apollo, bombed during the war by 
the Germaris, is being replaced 
soon. Apollo manager Aage Sentoft, 
together with actor-manager Knud 
Pheiffer from the Fiffer revues 
and cartoonist Asger Jerrild, has* 
bought the cafe Olympia just op- 
posite the old Apollo and is turn- 
ing it into a new revue house. 

They will open New Year’s with 
a winter revue. 


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Booked Solid 
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Gigi Durston sensational at 
Cafe Society." 

By LEE MORTIMER 

“She is just about the most enjoyable en- 
tertainer I’ve seen. Gigi was' sensational 
last night. But business was even more so.” 


VARIETY 

“Miss Durston . does a neat job in this 
room. Her ballads are given a wealth of 
feeling and she creates a mood which gives 
Her session a rich atmosphere,” 

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Wednesday, September 6, 1950 






By ABEL GREEN 


Paramount, N. Y. 

Carmen Cavallaro Orch (18), 
with Bob Lido > Jean Carroll, Alan 
Dale and Sapphires ( 5 ) , 4 Evans; 
“Fancy Pants” (Par), reviewed in 
Variety July 19, 1950. / 


Last week Milton Berle, this ; the maestro's personal take is $5,- 
, . 000. If there is any profit it is sup- 

posed to redound to the treasury 
of the Philharmonic-Symphony So- 
ciety of New York. 

, From the Roxy’s viewpoint, A, J. 
jBalaban, Sam Rauch, Arthur Knorr 
& Co. have a smart booking item. 
Just as the Berle fortnight attracted 
anew a . bunch of kids to the house, 
something which the house missed 
for a long time, so does the Mitro- 
poulo^engageqaent spell irnew^au- 
dience potential. House personnel 
has been intensively studying its 
audiences and feels that the reg- 
ulars, including youngsters, appre- 


semester Dimitri Mitropoulos di 
recting the N. Y. Philharmonic- 
Symphony Orchestra, and the next 
show the ice revues again— -that 
spells plenty good showmanship 
for the Roxy. 

Somewhat of a noble experiment, 
both as a means to ‘‘popularize” 
the Philharmonic, of which 20th- 
► Fox '■Fikn-n^rexy. S^ros^Skouras 
is a board member, and also as a 
change of pace for his company’s 
Broadway showcase, the parlay 
with Tyrone Power on the screen 
spell good dividends all around. 
It may even expose a few long- 
hairs to the lure Of Hollywood, al- 
though it is more likely that some 
middle-brow Roxy customers may 
; become subscribers ' to the symph.. 

The Virtuosity of the symph’s 104 
musicians requires little technical 
comment other than that their 
showmanly maestro does an expert 
job in directing them through four 
series of programs, purposely soj 
devised to -obviate “staleness.” 
Doing four-a-day is quite a switch 
from. the Philharmonic’s usual 
wbnt, so the first half of the. week 
(Friday-Monday) comprises Wag- 
ner’s overture to “The Master- 
singers,” Prokofieff’s “Classical” 
Symphony; two items by soprano 
Eileen Farrell (“One Fine Day” 
from Puccini’s “Mme. Butterfly” 
and Moorej-FlotOw’s “Last Rose of 
Summer” from “Martha”) and the 
gay ballet music from DeFalla's 
“Three-Cornered Hat.” Eliminated 
was the four-minute scherzo from 
Mendelssohn’s “Midsummer Night’s 
Dream” in order do maintain 
schedule, thrown bub of kilter 
from the start by the applause. 
This gives the orchestra 45 min- 
utes on the rostrum; the power 
pic runs 121 mins. 

The second of the week (Tues- 


Current stage show at the Para- 
mount is a neat, fast-playing layr 
out comprising snappy and well* 
varied turns. Backbone of the show 
is the svelte Carmen Cavallaro or- 
ganization with Jean Carroll regis- 
tering big in the comedy depart- , . - . . , ■ 

ment and Alan Dale, the Columbia boofer y and comedies, with cane 


bill. It’s strategic that he’s spotted 
in clbsing slot, since nothing could 
have followed him. 

Gillespie’s crack combo, com- 
prising three rhythm, four reeds 
and six brass, is another solid fac- Iriety Aug, 9, ’50. 
tor. Aside from backing the other y ’ 

acts, with exception of Eckstine, 
group gives out on its own with a 


CnpHob N. Y. 

Noro Morales Orch (18 ) , Rositd 
Serrano , Phi’ Foster, Hal Le Roy, 
Edwards Bros. (3); • “ Summer 
Stock ” (M-G), reviewed in Va* 


The Latin motif predominates on 


Records vocalist, smartly handling 
the vocals. "* v ,‘ 

Cavallaro ’s crew is distinctivhYy 
marked by its carefully deisignbtf, 
instrumentatioi. that sets off the ! 
five brass against an equal number 
of reeds, three violins arid^a strong 
fbiltman'rhythm^section. Pivot of 
the orch, Of course, remains the 
polished keyboarding of Cavallaro, 
who comes in for at least one solo 


solid bop session, with the maestro ! current Capitol bill to give 
alternating between zany stuff and jv 118 d 9! U3 £L a "hjnge of pace. It s 
hot trumpeting. This, too, rates!* A 0 ? 1 b i n with Noro Morales 
high applause. Threi Berry Bros. , °.r cb t0 attract the nitery set, Ro- 
are sock as usual with their slick ! sita Serrano for the class trade 
--j - -- - - I and Phil Foster, whose remmis- 

censes on Brbokiyri please virtually 
everybody. 

One of the focal points of layout 


on e « ch ntj mber. Book is geared 
at ■ '.S? I t0 the current hits, for most part, 

Rnxv e reeniar^ me 1S at * raqtmg non “ , except for Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in 
■ xy Aguiars. I Blue” number in which the band- 


dance the. topper. 

Rounding • but the ; bill are the 

playing i repeat here, in a neat : Miss. Serrano, who made her 
song and dance session, and -Pig- ' N > Y - bow f* s t season at the 


meat” 'Markham & Co., house 
comics, in a comedy bit that goes 
over; neatly. Edba. 

Capitol, Wash , 

Washington^ Sept. i. 

“Going Native” revue, with Ed 
Vernon, Mervin Cohn , Jack Stoll, 
Tommy A lien, June Elliott, Al- 


Pierre's Cotillion Room. She has a 
volatile delivery, a personable 
stance and an extremely expressive 
voice. One of her strong points iS: 
her ability to create vocal doodles 
around Latin standards. Her “Cie* 
lito Linda” has a refreshing sense 
of humor. Her offvthe-cuff de- 
meanor in this number and un- 
orthodox toying with the melody 
sets her off excellently with this 


leader’s piano is brilliantly mianipu- \Fred~Al Trio, 3 Cliffs, Line (13), 

Palace, N.-.Y., „ lated. Band vocalist Bob Lido com- Sam Jack Kaufman house Orch; j il 

Bud & Cece Robinson, Bcrnic handles -Sorrento" with = “Must™, c r ed with sensitivity provides « 

Ralph & Lorraine, Kanri'y : & i ^ r Re^iriSiig ^to'^the^’pafampunt, 


reviewed in Variety July 5, ’50. 


Kitty Watson, John (Spider Bruce) , ZLuSXL' 

Mason (3) , Four Jacks & a Jill, ' Miff. ffr/tlU? 

Wally Vernon (2 ) , The Lavernes . w ** S 

(4). “Cariboo Trail” Fnv) • ! « ng ’ has an unusual delivery. 

* ’ riooo Iran . (ZOth Fox) , ^ oi . a femme comic, handling the 

audience exactly like one of her 
male counterparts. Steady patter 
of gags, including a running, bit 
about a yokel of a husband, builds 
steadily for a sock payoff. She also 
| delivers a con edy song, “The Man 
I Marry,” in okay Style. 

Dale also makes a strong impres- 
sion with his vocalizing routined 


a 

change of pace. “Babalu” as ai 
closer, also gives her the opportu- 
nity to kid this tune. Several bows 
qOieted the crowd. 

Foster’s dissertations on the 
gang at the corner have a lot of 
nostalgic humor * He paints a pic- 


Palace bill includes several vet- 
eran turns that register solidly. 
Wally Vernon, who . played on the 
theatre’s last two-a-day bilk back 
in ’32 and who has since exhibited 
his comedies in a large number of 
pix, devotes a considerable portion 


Capitol's revue of local talent 
and show biz aspirants, brainchild 
of the late Gene Ford and annual 
tribute to his memory, is currently 
turning the big Loew house into a 
showcase for civic pride. Cleverly - 1 ture of the Brooklyn kids who grew 
built up over the 11 yeari of its | up in the depression era that must 
existence as: an all-family affair, be universal to most of the eve- 
this latest entry into the “Going Ding crowd. Foster,' however, picks 
Native” annals rates the enthusi- off the humorous toplights Of these 
asm with Which it is greeted. i reminiscCnses and gets off tp a win- 


doing a lyrical salute to the pid ■ straight numbers,, including “With 


Star of the show is undoubtedly 
the man behind the scenes, , Capitol 

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of his act to the nostalgia element, Crooner mixCo up a brace of ; producer Joel Margolis, who has 


vaude stars, a reprise of his own 
turn Of the 1920’s arid a terping 
tribute to the soft-shoe school of 
dance. In a couple of spots his rem- 
iniscing is a bit saccharine, but his 
underplayed dancing is pleasing. 
Windup, in which he shows his 
nifty assistant, Ginger Sherry, how 
to do a burlesque parade number | 
while she mimics him, is sock. 

The Watson Sisters (2), who 


a Song in My Heart” and “Where 
Can I Go,” with a series of well- 
executed impressions of Vaughn 
Monroe, Frank Sinatra, Billy Eck- 
stine and Tony Martin. Scoring 
big with this bit. Dale encores with 
a moving rendition of “Laugh, 
Clown, Laugh.” A mixed quintet, 


whipped his 30 callow; performers 
into a smooth, colorful and near- 
professional unit. Cast, culled from 
hundreds of hopefuls, has been re- 
hearsed nights, lunch hours and 
spare moments by Margolis for ( 
past five weeks .until they have 1 


ning mitt. 

The Edwards Bros. (3) perform 
their customary role in warming 
up the house for the rest of the 
performers. They’re a good aero 
trio who entice applause with good 
balancing trick v They play a few 
passages ori the piano and per- 
form the majority of their tricks 
atop that instrument. 

The Morales crew brings to the 


ofate^nd^nj^able/’if nrt llways ! '«•**.$* chill that he 

the Sapphires, give Dale colorful , the most $teady, vaude shows seen j nfterw^nds^ Nof ^l^ of ^t ^s fit- 
choral backgrounds. : i here this year. Credit must go, too, 0 S {S e auHi^nces but thb 

Evans, billed as a sister- i to Margaret Faber, Chi dance 1 l ng t0 theatre audiences> Dut tne 


coifSs to“To“ years "in shoW W, i ^‘her, mother-father act, race teacher and terper, ’ who, coached fen?!* 


get a hefty mitting in their third 


day-Thursday) retains .Miss i Far- j appearance here since the reprise 
rell’s two fine solo opportunities— , ot the vaude policy. There’s a lit- 
tle too much emphasis On Fanny 


N. Y. 


; Watson’s overstuffed physique, but 
Pht^arm^K-Syu^hjyny their exUberance a owh .to- 


some: 

elders provide some smooth nostal 
! gic routines. Herm. 


Orch- (104), conducted by Dimitri 
Mitropoulos; assisting artist / Eileen 
Farrell; Jay Hereford Lambert at 
organ; V The Black Rose” (20th ) , 
reviewed in Variety; Aug. 9, ’50. 


and she gets generous rewards both 
times — but substitutes Smetana’s 
“Bartered Bride” overture, Tchai- 
kovsky’s Andaritino & Scherzo piz- 
zicato from Symphony No. 4, and 
concludes with Wagner’s “Tann- 
hauser” overture. 

The second-week likewise is di- 
vided into two more hew programs. 
Friday-Monday (Sept. 8-11) re- 
shuffles the preceding week’s lay- 
outs by reprising the Smetana, 
Tchaikovsky arid DeFalla items, 


earth, quality gets over. John ( Spi- 
der Bruce) Mason,- assisted by 
Vivian Harris and Charley Ray, 
stages his, w.k “Camp Meeting” 
stint, an earthy and somewhat im- 
pious jibe at a “Holy Roller” ses- 
sion. There may be some question 
of taste involved in the elder and 
the congregation tippling from a 


UJL inner, momer-iamer aci, race i aim icipei, wiiu , cuauicu ! f |. v nictnrpcmi#» riprfrirm 

through a neat terping routine, i the line and solo dancing, and, of | |nces Dlease P th« customers here 
Two younger members dish up course, the ever-present Carter , ihs&umentattnn of six hras<? ' five 

trick ^ boo<in « whilb the! ZSULdml 

nrnHnctinrt ■' " supervised the j at a S(6cond pian0| and a tr io of 

y v,, , • V . . j ! bongo and maraccas players ere- 

Flashiest parts of the 70-minute ; ates some excitement in the house. 

Bimini show are the four big production ■ Unfortunately not all of Morales* 

Miami. Sept. 2. numbers. Following the standard . selections were fitting theatre fod- 

'Bob Eberly. Johnny Coy, Johnny ■ formula of plenty of pretty girls, ; der, but there’s enough color in 
Morgan, The Prefer dys, Celia Cabot, - leg fl rt and a gimmick, all of these : his crew to hit audience apprecia- 
tes Rhode House Orch; “Mystery . come off successfully. Most pro- tion. 

| Street” (M^GJ, fessional is the “On the Beam” cur- Another strong point on this show 

, . tain raiser, introduced by a film i is Hal Le Roy, an extremely com- 

Final show at this South Florida : clip, showing cast in a plane flying j petent tapster who can excite the 
vaude showcase until sometime in towards “destination Capitol,” and ; crowd with straight passages as 


little brown jug, but it gets a re- ! November is a smooth-running One ■ built around a Capital Airlines set. - well as eccentrL. measures. Routin-. 
sounding hand. that sets well with the regulars, i The precision terping of the 13 jng and personality gets them 

Ralph and Lorraine (New Acts) In featured spot, Bob. EBerly ; gals^ Wghlightefi^by some deft^tap- J handily, 
get lots of s.a. into their turn in 
which he dances and she goes into 
some amusing contortionist posi- 
tions. Berriie George ..does a rou- 
tine mimicry acty spiced with some 
naturalistic oral sound effects of i 


returns with his songstering. Has 
some fairly amusing gab to spell 
his songs that also go over nicely. 
OfFed to solid mitting. 

Tapster Johnny Coy clicks in 
sock fashion with his finely - 


ping by Sammy Tremont and Billy 
Garney, seemed in the best tradi- 
tion of the Rockettes. 


It’s a comparatively long list of 
performers for this house. For this 
; reason, encores were eschewed, but 


an nvoreflac hrnn/ipflct nnA a parhon ' defined heel and toe work, inter- tom-toms, braves, and an Indian 

Tchaikovsky arid DeFalla items, i . Fields’ RiDDline Rlivthm 1 spersed ballet 'type interps. Had princess, as well as a story idea. 

topped by Berlioz’s Rakoczy March, ; wi fu f 0 S«.,A m aniDu?ations He can i them all the way, with amiable per- ( Payees liked this one, despite its 

— ^ with tongue manipulations. He can , gonality adding J ' to lmpact p | phoniness. Others consist of a 

In the emcee slot Johnny Morgan “Grande Walt": Ballet” and a 


Most dazzling, and also corniest . virtually every performer here 
of the production scenes is “An ; could have done extra-curricular 
Indian Legend,” complete With 


and the final lap introduces Weber’s j U matArfai Bud 

“Euryanthe” overture and repeats Acts) 

Prokofieff, Tchaikovsky and ’ and Gece Robinson (New Apts) 
her. No encores allowed. 


hits without satiating audience. 

Jose. 


Strand, N. Y. 

Gordon MacRae, Patrice Wy* 
Alan Carney, Florian Za- 


Frank Waldecker does a show- i F 0Ur jacks an j a Jill (New Acts) 
wanly job w ‘‘ h „«“.,*"‘™ductwnL do ^ weU in the vocal department, 
that Punches, over the universality , closlnf , the bill ■ lhe LaV ernes < 4.) 

°5 S us l£‘ i do a flashy Apache number which 

of the N, Y. Philharmonic, ^vh n_ urt f Vi enmn cnpotafliiliir kniffi- 


: have a MV iuvenile \erD reDCrtoire handles the buildups in competent Charleston finale. Each was greet- ijiore, Alan Carney, Florian Za- 
1 ^ tiieplv P P i style and in own Spot garners l ed With enough enthusiasm to go . bach,; Anthony, Allyn 8t Hodges * 

j and con l e dver ” C /XT A . ; I yocks With his standards orch com .the rounds Of half a dozen ballets “Tea For Two ' (WB), reviewed 

[ Four Jacks and a Jill (New Acts) ducting bit and the fairy tale twist ! at Carnegie Hall, a nostalgic hang- in Variety Augl 16, ’50. 
do well in the vocal department. niusic. Though familiar, it gets | over, perhaps, from the old days __ _ _ . I 

healthy reaction. ; of dance lines and chorus at the 

Aero work of the Refer dys is . Capitol. 


was founded 108 years ago, he 
Cites how Americans in 1842 read 
their newspapers by gas' jets, went 
to Work on horse-drawn trolleycars, 
etc., but accenting that “since good 
music belongs to the people” it is 
here more than a century later as 


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winds with some spectacular knife- well timed, with the femme adding 


throwing. 


Bril. 


much appeal. Celia Cabot, fills the 


The Strand is making the most 
t of in-person possibilities by top- 

i Most polished and professional ! li n iog two performers from its cur- 
•«£ the individual. stints _ are the 


Steel Pier, A. C. 

Atlantic City, Aug. 28. 

______ Sylvia Froos, Eddie White, Norda 

it was when this orchestral aSso- & Mandrake , Hal Sand s Line . ( 10 ) , 
ciation was first organized. Johnny O'CdiinelV House .Orch; 

Other showmanly ticups are (1) > The Underworld Story 
the music critics’ coverage of the 
Roxy 
for 


distaff singing spot. Her character ‘ ThrCe Cliffs, trio of U of Maryland an ^ ( i lat: 


songs go over well. j acros, whose techniques and poise 

Les Rhode and house orch are ; [ n a series of highly skilled pyra- 
okay on the backgroundings. | mids must surely be the result of 

Lary. | numerous campus shows. The at- 
} tractive troupe can hold its own 


Apollo, IV. Y. 

Billy Eckstine:, Dizzy Gillespie 
Band. (13). 3 Berry Bros.. China 



periodical _ . . 

symph does a regular Sunday p.m, 1 t-er than' average picture to make | ■ i _.ii v»ifc a vii^v, i °r — 3 "* — r — i UJL **uiuuuas wim-n nitmuts me imc 

stint over that network. it solid fare for vacation crowds. ' W< 1 11 I?.' developed, into part- o? the tu n e f rpm the current film. M-c- 


ter New Acts), to help the live 
portion of the show to a good conf 
elusion, while Alan Carney, Flo- 
rian Zabach and Anthony, Allyii 
& Hodges round out an entirely 
satisfactory bill. MacRae gives 
layout the major- portion of its 
(-punch. Personable singer kno,w$ 
all the tricks of showmanship, 
and has a voice to back up his 
authority. He walks off a soV? d 
.. , . .. hit after running through a series 

appealing gaucheness that could 0 f numbers which includes the title 


j with most acts of its kind cur- 
rently on the vaude circuits. 

Act which registered best with 


House has added (MissV Jay | Miss Froos, with looks, person- i nerhaDS the sockiest lavout : h? « Rae alSo take ? advantage of the 

ireford Lambert at the giant con- ality and ability to -put . over'.'R, song, ? h i h -Har1em P ^atder ? has eVer nro- •••crowd’s", good, humor by rounding 

ia na n i.iif.viio un fv-* n a .• i H tpr- I. ... ...tiv. .Ran oil fv<n :«:av . me iiariftiTi > 31 * 06 ^ Has ever- _ pro authentic takeoffs of - Jimmy Stewr , a community sing on ‘‘LoVe ’Em 

art, Peter Lorre, and Clark. Gable. All,” Which he recorded for Capi- 

ic eunnti n* t ho ■! bgt was^ an uncannily con- an( j snares a hot hand bn 
the management is snooting, tne yincing impresh of Arthur Godfrey, “Vaeabond Sbne” and “Mona Lisa” 

Lainbert perched high on to the -MaV CoVld' Be Wonderfui.” and ^ ac Rn alumnus of “Going Native.” j Zabach, currently starting his = 

left of the proscenium forward for , begs off with a diversified “Chloe.” , ^ it ' Ma gic by a local shopkeeper, Ed .ninth week at this house, is un- 

her specialty; The Philharmonic, ' s on gstr eSS 'has nice timing and that Billv Fnkstine ' Vernon; some truly he P accordion doubtedly a tradebuilder for this 

* ■ * ind S in some neat patter between ^M be tdffictettt^ tb Le ? em ^ ambers : by ‘ a nervous, . but. sble . housed. His^ddling. has a .high ,.de^ 

iTIP i j iVUUlll. UtJ M1I11LIC4H. 1U1C . t ill 111. , *_f _ n - In: rtvnn a#- [-ViA,iriv><iricViin onH mhci. 



itself, is introduced hidden behirid 

• AWAA ) *** KA , ■ j T1 VI Ail kJVAAkV — X" ^ 

a specially contrived flying urape. num b er s for solid returns. 

And, of course, Seeing Maestro Mi- , Wh . f .. n ot rar ,eer tb re? 
4 y*av\aiv 1 nd rl « liic cfnff enns score. V\ hite, no stranger to re. 


resort au- 


Hmvpvpr Hpcnifp thp mill of the Mervin Conn,- a teacher of the in- ' gree of showmahship and musi- 
Hov th e e fo? Ul TrianA?p P - : strument; tunes of the^ blues va- cianly attributes. He’s a personable 

tropbulos do his stuff, sans score, ; e ckf His pitter gets m^to^^Dter’GlUMS!^ ! rie t* «>? J“ ne Elliott : and * “**"» conferenCler and is giving the 

in the Toscanini tradition, is some- djences ^ also v 5*? c “- X fS- ,f b a »«»* -tte 'Ttow ' barmonldi: routine. 1»y- a trio of, Strand audiences an aura of a 

thing chiefly for the onghairs to ^ I ^ s e, ^e?^nist a & EMa the'.'-^nefcost. ' .;. . 

appreciate. Visually, that battery bqaqq ' ^ and 8 * “Wait For Me; UNfoflv^nff nff at t.he wicke^^^ Ai-Fred-Al trio. round out the bill, j Alan Carney's familiar lmpres- 

of 60 fiddles, the teams, of brasses, ith an a d few W t wists ^ i “Ivvctini? Se a fave aV this 1 All have talent in varying degrees, 1 sions bf a labor meeting has an 

reeds and percussion instruments Mary, with a few twists. ’ . a ; n ^J? and all are applauded. excellent laugh quotient. It’s done 

gives the auditor an eye-filling as j Narda and Mandrake have a dove . house through^ Whether anv of the current cron with a rough-arid-ready humor that 

well as a musically arresting pic- act. Gals open with .Oriental dance anc.es,- has ^ ay f '‘Natives” will reach the heifibts^ ■' pleases the assemblage. His verbi- 

ture. land then proceed to bring doves ; his -last a PP ^ of .Natives., will reach the height p r e Ced ing. this,, impression has' 

The Philharmonic, represents, g the' revue as ^Godfrey* Helen Eorrest ? familiar ring, but all Is apparent 

$27,500 cost item to the Rox 
out extras Which include 1 
use of Carnegie Hall for.rel 
rehearsal overtime^ and t 
The personnel collects $22; 



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LEGITIMATE 


U&nmfr 


Wednesday, September 6, 1950 



Lambertsville, N. J., Sept. 5. 
Nelson and John Tyers, 
starring in “The Chocolate Soldier," 
proved a steady increase over the 
previous stanza’s "Hit The Deck" 
here; Solid b.o. made it the third 
highest grosser of St. John Ter- 
rell’s summer at the Music Circus. 
It was topped only by "Brigadoon" 
*nd ‘‘Red Mill.’’ ... 

Despite the high humidity and 
squallish weather on three of the 
six nights, the Straus version of 
GBS’s "Arms and The Man" was a 


this year by producer William 
Miles. 

Good advance is reported for the 
current "Smilin’ Through;’’ which 
was added to make a 12-week sea- 
son. 




Scott $8,100, Chevy Chase 
Chicago, Sept- 5. 

Zachary Scott in "Blind Alley 
racked up a neat $8,100 last week 
at the Chevy Chase theatre, Wheel- 
ing, 111. Management changed its 
schedule, bringing in Mady Chris- 
tian in "Papa Is All,’’ ope day 
early, on Monday (4). 

Producer Marshall Migatz is ex- 
tending ; the season , four more 
weeks with ZaSu Pitts set to follow 


strong item. Terrell, for the first 
time this season, staged the musical 
in absence. of his regular director, 

Robert Jarvis, who was at Hyahnis 
readying "Show Boat." j Miss Christian. 

Also given stellar billing were • 

Edwin Dunning, Kaye Connor and ! 

Paul Reed, backed by the Music j 
Circus’ regular choral and dance . 
group. Ruth ; Gilette, Rowan Tudor : 
and Howard Ross were prominent. J 

"Good News" opens tonight (5) j 
to a so-so advance with Wilton , 

Clary and Marilyn Landers starred. 

Featured are Jack Goode; Audrey 

Meadows, Betty Ann Nyman, Paul Clinton, N. J., Folds 

Reed, director Jarvis, Rowan Clinton, N. J., Sept; 5. 

Tudor, Pordan Bentley and Lee_ Clinton Music Hall has shuttered 
Calvan. 4 Show Boat. opening for th <, season. Earl and Myril 
Sept. 12 for two weeks has the sickle5; twin brothers who took 
biggest advance to date. Terrell ovei v t he house this summer, plan- 
haS decided to play an extra . ne d to run until Labor Day, but 
matinee of the Jerome Kern land- j business was poor. The strawhat 
mark the first week for eight per- j had a resident company and did 
formances, and Reshuffle the not use the star system. But com- 


‘Road’ $3,150, W estboro 
Westboro, Mass., Sept. 5. 

Labor Day showing ,of the Red 
Barn’s "Tobacco Road" here was 
SRO, sending the second week’s 
gross to $3,150. 

Third week advance holds same 
pace. Arthur Gerold is the pro- 
ducer. 


The Long Way ’Round 

Washington, Sept. 5. 

Seems there are too many 
Olneys around for Elf rida Der- 
went, actress-sister of Actors 
Equity prexy Clarence Der- 
went. But she’s not likely to 
get ’em mixed up again. 

Two years ago, Miss Der- 
went was in the Helen Hayes 
"Alice Sit by the Fire” com- 
pany which played the Olney 
theatre, at Olney. Md. Straw- 
liatter is about 20 miles from 
D C. This year she was book- 
ed again to play With the "An- 
gel Street" company . Cast 
pulled into U nion Station at 
Washington and the other 
members thought nothing of it 
when Miss Derwent didn’t ac- 
company them from the sta- 
tion. They felt she knew the 
way. . - 

Later tliey began to worry 
when she failed to show up. . 
Long afterward a phone call 
told all. Miss Derwent had ab- 
sent-mindedly bought herself 
a ticket on the one train a day 
that .goes to Olney, Va., about 
250 miles away. By bus and pri- 
vate machine she finally made 
it to Olney, Md., just in time 
for the opening curtain last 
week. • 



Inside Stuff-Lent 


Jean Arthur, who recently returned to the cast of “Petei* Pan" at 
the Imperial, N. Y., after a squabble with the management, engaged 
pressagent Ben Washer to advise her after the affair broke into the 
papers. Washer is understood to have drafted the wire to Actors Equity 
protesting its cancellation of the star’s run-of-the-play contract for the 
show. That message may have been the vital factor in the actress 
getting back into the revival, as at the time it was sent the manage- 
ment was about to sign a contract for Betty Field to take over the title 
part in the Sir James M. Barrie classic. Subsequently, Washer re- 
portedly advised Miss Arthur on her attitude toward the other mem- 
bers of the cast when she returned to the company and publicized her 
action of last week in presenting a $1,000 cheek to her understudy, 
Barbara Baxley, who subbed during her two- week absence. 

It’s generally agreed in Broadway managerial circles that Miss Field 
enhanced her standing in the profession by her behavior during the 
turmoil, The actress not only didn’t demand tougher terms than Miss 
Arthur’s when she knew that the producers weren't in position to hold 
out, but she maintainded her dignity throughout the difficult affair. 
Incidentally, Shirley Temple, who planed east during the manage- : 
ment’s negotiations for the return of Miss Arthur to the show, ap- 
parently did so with the misunderstanding that she was set to take 
over, the part. 

Despite various reports of his plans, Maurice Evans would still like 
to return to New York in time to supervise the drama season at the 
N. Y. City Center, starting during the Christmas holidays, but he is 
uncertain how long he will continue his current tour of "Devil's Dis- 
ciple." The actor has not signed to costar with Ethel Barrymore in * 
Metro picturization of "Kind Lady," nor tentatively agreed to do so. 
The studio has been talking about such a deal for months, but hasn’t 
even shown him a script for the picture, and he’s understood not par- 
ticularly interested in the part involved . 

Ilow long the "Disciple" tour wRl continue depends primarily on 
business. If the Lewis & Young presentation grosses enough to pay 
the show’s Steep overhead it will continue indefinitely, with bookings 
already pencilled in through next spring. In that case, Evans will 
Supervise the City Center season by phone, with his production aide, 
George Schaefer, in active charge. But if "Disciple" disappoints at the 
boxoffice, Evans intends to return to New York and take personal 
charge of the Center operation. In that case he would probably take 
some lecture dates dui'ing his open weeks. 


Local concert managers thrbugh- 


Roger L. Stevens, as co-producer of "Peter Pan," has an unusually 
advantageous setup. For raising ■‘.the final $30,000 of the financing for 


out the country have been in for ! revival, he shares 50-50 with co-producer Peter Lawrence in the 


normal Thursday matinee the sec- -petition was too tough from nearly , a In the 1949^0 season i revjva1 ' W * 1;^ C ? ..... . .... . 


schools being in session. 


Ilka Choice In ‘Fancy* 

New Hope, Pa., Sept. 5. 

Ilka Chase in “Goodbye, My 
Fancy” gave Bucks County Play- 
house a good, if not outstanding 
Week, It would have been better 
except for a sagging Friday night, 
first arid get-away eve of long holi- 


fering stars. 

Eddie Rich previously operated 
the house for three summers. 


Jennerstown’s Long Season 
Pittsburgh, Sept. 5. 
Latest-running strawhat in this i rose 


....... ..... . Since he is understood 

° *7“ one manager l’eporung a | have personally supplied only $5,000 of the total amount he brought 

, . lile on ty . ur AI " • in, he is an equal partner and gets 25% of the net from a $100,000 
the 60-odd local impresarios an the • investment. 

industry claimed^ a gain over f lie ; ^ Detroit real estate man, Stevens has been actively interested in 

f5?? 0n Costs steadily, f« w . seasons in the Ann Arbor Drama Festival. He presented 

so that the average return a revival of "Twelfth Night” on Broadway last season and produced ait 


area this season will be the Moun- . to Presenters of talent was 4.7 /e . 1 all-star revival of Shaw’s “Getting Married" early this summer. Latter 
tain playhouse, Jennerstown, Pa., , Admitting that they are in a ; s hqw folded during a Coast tryout, but the physical production lias 
which hasshows scheduled through declining market, managers are been stored and the offering may be put on again next season, 

Oct: 7. Other two top rural ven- , mulling ways of lopping off ex- 



lenser, completed the triangle. 
Sara Secgar in the secretary role 
and Ruth White as the former 
roomie were also featured in a 
good company, which gave Theron 
Bamberger’s attractive apprentices 
a break. Among the neophites were 
Joan Gilbert, Helen Seamon, Alis 
Kimbrough and Jeanne Flanigan. 
Betty Brew, Harry Mehaffey, 
James Doohan and Fay Sappington, 
gbly backed up the star in the 
comedy, which was bsiskl; staged 
by thesp Henry Jones against Da- 
vid Reppa’s authentic setting. 

Brian Aherne in "Dear Brutus" 
opened Monday night (4) with 
Helen Craig featured. Next week is 
the finals for the New Hope 
season. 


. . u I laryngitis after the first act, Kane was replaced in the second stanza 

Figures disclosed above are the b Williams. who received an ovation for his singing of the Important 

°L S ?r re + y h . m v d . e tenor aria in the “Eastern and Western Love" scene, 

among i.s members by the Na Director James Westerfleld had' brought MlssWiicox and Williams 

on for a special nuptial bow between acts, and his unexpected chance 


nually presents an original musi 
cal, is this year doing an -estab- 
lished one instead. It’s currently 

presenting “Of Thee I Sing " in for , ... , . 

two weeks with Claire Hummel. I tional Assn, of Concert Managers 

from the Pittsburgh Civic Light : which claims, almost all the local ; won him further audience enthusiasm. 
Opera, doing the femme lead. ; concert managers in the U. S. in 
Musical director is Bill Wheeling, j its group, It is the first time such 
who last summer authored the ! a survey has ever been made, and 


Jennerstown group’s tuner, "Let’s j it reveals some surprising statis- 

A . CIaaIf ^ ^ 


Take Stock, 


Chautauqua Draw 

Buffalo, Sept. 3. 

Survey disclosed that of a * man- 1 . Annual 

ager's average receipts, 61.5% was ; Ass'embly ended^ last Saturday (-. 
paid out for artists; 11.5% for ! wl «? near record attendance 
promotion; 13.3% for auditorium 1 The eight-week schedule of con- 

expense and 9% for office expense. I certs ' pIays ' operas amJ lectllres 


‘Angel’ Poor at Olney 

Olney, Md.< Sept. 5. 

Despite good reception in the 
press, "Angel Street," with Judith 1 dith" Love" and ’a. E. Austin 
Evelyn, Wound up the poorest 
week of the season at the Olney 
theatre, delivering a mild $6,000 
lit the boxoffice; Show started slow- 
ly and failed to build, although 
Miss Evelyn’s performance was 
called a standout. 


'% New Hampshire Closings 
Concord, N, H., Sept. 5. 

The final curtain has been rung 
down on the season at two of New 

Hampshire’s summer theatres. The j This feftT return of 'onlv^4*7^ i attracted over 50,000 visitors, close 

i to record of M.000. 

with Hie* jmichirer/syivia Gassell, i * '^ a s> " ere no ex t raor< linary ex- 
in the leading role, and her bus- p 
band, Joel Friedman, directing, j . Average Fee 
The Windham playhouse closed up ] for a concert 

with Henrik Ibsen’s “Ghosts,” in . was $2,021, with the S^mut of fees 
Which leading roles were taken by ; Paid ranging from $350 to $4,720. 

! Marion Morris, Page Johnson, Ju- i As to the artists who made the 
1 ~ a » « a best showing; top* honors 


Atlantic City ’Prostie’ OK; 
May Go on Thru September 

Atlantic City, Sept. 5. 
The Playhouse here will con- 
- _ _ . . _ . were tiriue until Sept. 16, and if the 

Both strawhatters announced..' evenly divided artistically between ! weather continues warm, until the 

i..* • ■ r i.i. _ , Air i ! T>.. V. : _ J tri - i ' 


tentative plans for the 1951 season. 

Maiden Bridge ‘Dollar’ OK 

Malden Bridge, N, Y., Sept. 5. 

“A Dollar Down,” comedy by Melchior, James Melton, Solomon, 
Richard Kirk, former Albany : Kirsten Flagstad, Jascha Heifetz, 


Arthur Rubinstein . and Vladimir ! en ^ pf September, producer Wil- 
Horowitz, with Horowitz slightly ( ti a m Robins said last weekend, 
the better draw financially. Other ji e declared that a convention 
draws financially were Launtz 1 W ants reservations for a Sept. 21 

performance. . 

Labor 


PITT CIVIC OPERA 406G 
GROSS 




sixth 
Re- 
The 

fions, In a" t^out at ; the MMden 1 named”while^en"tourf Boor.” with which the producer 

Bridge Playhouse here. Funice Qs- . "AVerime "hhniber of eoneeWx has . appare,ltly ^ str : uek PWtffr. 

borne, director and wife of biz : presented in the sclson ne^ - vSr i grossing between $5,000 and $6,000 
manager Walter Wood, said in give: him nice return. 

. .. v . i interview (11 over WXKW, Albany, . .........i.,- ” le P' - ls i He is continuing offering matinees 

gross of $3,040, final week of music I tHat h , la!n .. a had been “nrctiv : oftc r only one subscription senes. weiWsdava an? Saturdava when it 

tent season here at Meody Fair ' Sr foi^thl ainnmer Barn the- ; average number of concerts in a Wednesdays and Saturdays v. hen it 

thl eAWcit’c atre. renovated by the Woods. is : 

RVia#rw S °v- S f ^ ecordat $14,500. Jo^ lin pf small capacity. I 

Shafer, yictoria Sherry, Edward, “The Bishop Misbehaves,” bow- 
Jvane ^and Audrey Guard headed ing Monday 14), is closing the sea- 
cast of the Romberg-Hammerstein- ! son 


is on the upbeat orice more. 

‘Song’ Sets Danbury Record 
Danbury, Conn., Sept. 5. 
With a record Saturday night 


Harbach revival. 

; Ben Boyar and James Wester- 
field, operators of the initial Con- 
necticut tent shO\y, hope to have 
the same location on the Danbury 
Fair grounds next season. Fair 
management has so far refused to 
discuss rental terms for next sea- 
son. : Barring in agreement, Boyar 
and Westerfield have other site 
Offers In the Danbury area. 

Pitts, $5,300 at Stockbridge 
Stockfiridge, Mass., Sept. 5. 

Za Su Pitts in ‘‘Post Road" drew 
$5,300, almost capacity, at the 432- 
seat Berkeshire Playhouse here, at 
a $2.94 v top last week. Miss Pitts 
was tone 61 "file'' lew ibbkbd 1 




in Penna. 


. Pat Paget, of the team of Pick 
’n' Pat, will open a summer theatre 
next season^ Paget plans to open 
the Pick ’n’ Pat Playhouse at his 
home near Claysville,. Pa. A 12- 
week season is .scheduled. Theatre 
will be given two-to-three week 
break-in period, starting sometime 
this month. 

The Players, Inc., semi-pro group 
from Wheeling, W. Va., have been 
engaged by Pa$et for tho break-in 


rains. . 

Karen Lindgren is star of the 
Only five managers reported ; ^titute,” tlie lhird lead in that 


series being six, the. others being 
extra attractions. 


more concerts booked for the 

coming season (1950-51) than last. . 

About half claim they are paying i BrOWir Musical Fantasy 
more for talent this year than ! 
last. 


a mS said there was: In Downtown N.Y. Tryout 


less interest in concerts this year 
than last. 


r !• 


London Yiddish Legit 

Henrietta Jacobson and Julius 
Adler, Yiddish legit performers, 
Sailed last week from N. Y. to 
London, where they, will establish 
a permanent legit Yiddish play- 
house at the Alexander theatre. 

They will be seen there in a 
series of Yiddish musicals, opening 
the season Sept. 23 with “My Mil- 
lion Dollar Baby,” musical by Wil- 
liairt Siegel. 


"Christopher Columbus Brown," 
musical fantasy with book, music 
and lyrics by Horace W. Stewart, 
will be presented by him for two 
weeks beginning Sept. 18 at the 
Henry Street Playhouse, N. Y. The 
author-composer will also direct. 
Equity cast will include Nico- 


Pittsburgh, Sept. 5. 

Biggest total .gross in the five- 
year history of Pittsburgh Civic 
Light Opera Assij. was turned in 
this season When 10 Vi weeks of 
outdoor shows took In $406,000, 
drawing around 292,000 people in 
58 performances, five of them hav- 
ing been rained out. It was also 
the longest schedule for the al 
fresco productions, previous sum- 
mers having been limited to eight 
and nine weeks. 

"Kiss Me, Kate," the opener, 
hung up the high, with $67,000, 
while "Annie Get Your Gun," the 
closer, wound up in second place, 
doing $51,000 the first full week 
and another $14,000 on a three- 
day holdover. "Pinoccliio" hit the 
low, at $22,000; For the second 
straight year the venture will 
show better than an even break, 
and casli put up by guarantors 
will again be returned, 

. Construction is expected to 
start some time next month on the 
company’s own $1,500,000 amphi- 
theatre in Schenley Park. It’s to 
seat 9,000 and is supposed to be 
equipped with a movable roof that 
will eliminate possibility of any 
rained-out performances. Ground 
is being donated by the fcity. 
which is also contributing $500,000 
to go along with the $1,000,000 
donated by the Edgar Kaufmann 
(department store head) Founda- 
tion. 


The Better 

Pittsburgh, Sept. 5- 
Last year, in winter stock. Val 
Avery appeared in "Broadway/ 


demus, Louise Woods, Clarence j playing the role of Scar Edwards. 


Rock, Richard Ward. Thelma 
Cordero, Ken Freeman, Jimmie 
Wall, SalVidore Thomas and a 
Katharine Dunham experimental 
dance group. George Byrd will di- 
rect the music and Sylvala do the 
choreography. 


He wound up getting shot. 

This week, at the White Barn 
theatre, lie’s doing "Broadway" 
again, only now he has the part 
of the guy who shoots Scar Ed- 
wards, Avery doubles as the stage 
manager of the local strawhat. 


Wednesday, September 6, X950 



PBriety 



Two major recommendations in 
the proposed public relations pro- 
gram about to be submitted to the 
League of N. . Y Theatres by the 
Assn, of Theatrical Press Agents & 
Managers involve ideas already ini- 
tiated and being carried out by. in- 
dependent groups, The ATPAM 
plan would involve expanding arid 
implementing the present setups. 
Among other things, the plan also 
suggests two new and progressive 
devices for building legit business, 
particularly out of town. 

One Of the principal recom- 
mendations of the ATPAM pro- 
gram is the expansion of the show 
train idea. It is suggested that the 
existing setup, thus far operated 
only by the New Haven R. R. for 
the Broadway theatre, could be 
extended to other lines as well as 
to airlines and bus companies. So 
far, the device has been used spas- 
modically and for only one Broad- 
way show at a time. No effort has 
been made to put it on a regular 
schedule and broaden it to include 
all Shows. 

According to a high official of 
the Ncwllaveri, the company would 
like to institute some such setup, 
but has thus far been unable to 
get the cooperation of the League 
or the Comriiittee of Theatrical 
Producers in working out details. 
On two occasions, it is revealed, 
the rail official asked for an op- 
portunity to attend a League board 
meeting to explain the 'company's 
desire to expand the existing op- 
eration, but never received a reply.' 
The same official contacted a CTP 
member with a similar proposal, 
also without result. 

The railroad makes no profit on 
the show trains, it is explained, 
but figures the operation is worth- 
while from a public relations stand- 
point, since the enthusiasm and 
goodwill created among the com- 
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Legit Craft Unions In 
Meeting to Dissuade 


Minn. U. to Tour Plays 
To Out^of-Way Towns 

. Minneapolis, Sept. 5. 

U. of Minnesota Theatre will 
again tour two plays, “She StooDs 
to Conquer” and “Night Must 
Fall,’* through small' towns in 
Minnesota and neighboring states 
this fall and winter. “She Stoops 
to Conquer” begins tour Oct; 2 
in Owatonna, Minn;, “Night Must 
Fall" will be launched in January. 
Tour will be made in an old army 
ambulance and sedans. 

Casts will be professional. Most 
towns to be visited never have 
seen a professional theatrical 
company. Communities will be 
asked to guarantee $300 for a one- 
engagement of one play or 
for two, 


LEGITIMATE 


Philly Papers Please Copy 

New Haven, Sept, 5. 

Following notice Was posted 
by associate producer John 
Haggott on the Shubert call- 
board here last week as a 
warning to the, “Affairs of 
State" company prior to mov- 
ing on to Philly: 

“To Whom It May Con- 
cern: The purgative effects of : 
the tap water in Philadelphia 
may be beneficial, or even 
necessary, to the inhabitants; , 
but they are usually rough on 
the visitors, Unless you like 
challenge in these matters, I 
advise that you use only.bof- 
tied spring water while . thepe.’f 






The Theatrical Fact Finding 
Committee, representing the vari- 
ous legit craft unions, will meet 
today (Wed.) with . Luigi Quin- 
tiliano, manager of the Theatrical 
Costume Workers Union, Local 
124, in an effort to settle the latter 
group’s demand against the Broad- 
way producers. It’s understood 
that the other union reps will at- 
tempt to influence the costumer 
outfit to drop its insistence that 
all show costumes, no matter what 
kind, must be made by its mem- 
bers. 

The TCWU demand, made in a 
letter to all producers, would re- 
quire every costume for every 
Broadway and touring show to be 
turned out by its members, instead 
of producers purchasing many of 
the contemporary clothes ready- 
made* through retail stores. It’s 
figured the proposed change would 
.drastically increase the costume 
bill for many shows, since street 
clothes and more particularly cos- 
tumes like simple gingham dresses, 
overalls, etc., now purchased for 
relatively small amounts* would 
have to be custom-made at much 
higher cost. 

Although Quintiliano’s letter to 
the producers threatened picket- 
ing of their shows unless his de- 
mand is granted, the matter ac^ 
tually doesn't involve the manage- 
ments directly, as the union’s con- 
tracts are with the costume houses, 
the principal ones being Brooks 
and Eaves. Since a strike against 
tiie latter would presumably con- 
stitute a secondary boycott and 
thus be illegal under the Taft- 
Ilartley Law, the union’s only 
method of pressuring the pro- 
ducers- would be the picketing of 
their shows. 

Whether the latter step would 
be effective would probably de- 
pend rijn the action of the other 
unions* principally Actors Equity, 
the stagehands and musicians. 
That is why the Fact Finding Com- 
mittee, including Equity, stage- 
hand and musician representa- 
tives, should have a decisive voice 
in settling the costumer demand. 
If the other unions should refuse 
to honor the TCWU picket line 
(and indications are that they 
would refuse)* a strike would' have 
little chance of success. 


Laraine Day has filed a com- 
plaint with Actors Equity to collect 
$500 withheld from her last week 
by Richard Aldrich in connection 
with her appearance the previous 
week at his Falmouth Playhouse, 
Coonamessett, Mass. The union has 
requested the producer to forward 
the money, but he says he will fight 
the case, carrying it tb arbitration 
if necessary. 

According to the actress, she did 
not violate her contract by arriving 
at the strawhat more than a day 
late to start a week’s engagement 
as star of “Angel Street." She ex- 
plains that several weeks in ad- 
vance she received verbal permis- 
sion from Warren Caro, Aldrich’s 
resident manager of the spot, to 
arrive there - on Monday, the day 
of her opening, instead of the pre- 
ceding day, as specified in her con- 
tract. Because she didn’t get there 
in time for press and radio inter- 
views, which would presumably 
have helped the boxoffice, Aldrich 
paid her only $1,500, of her stipu- 
lated $2,000. 

Although it 'is against Equity 
policy to discuss claims and Coun- 
ter-claims between actors and man- 
agements, the union is understood 
to be taking; the stand that Aldrich 
acted arbitrarily in withholding any 
of Miss Day’s contractual fee. The 
producer’s proper course, it is 
claimed, would have been to pay 
the full amount, under protest if 
necessary, and to bring charges 
against the actress for violation of 
her contract. Aldrich disputes that 
argument, however, asserting that 
he intends to make an issue of 
whether Equity means tn enforce 
its contracts or is simply going 
to support its members, regardless 
of the merits of the case. 


Unorthodox performance sched- 
ule for the Labor Day weekend 
paid off this week for “Death of a 
Salesman," at the Morosco, N. Y. 
Instead of the regular showings 
Monday night (4) and * this after- 
noon (Wed.) co-producer Kermit 
Bloomgarden slated two perform- 
ances Sunday (3), The Sabbath 
matinee gross Was approximately 
$2,100 and the evening $3,000. 
That was figured a total of about 
$2,500 better than the take for the 
normal Monday night and Wednes- 
day matinee. " 

In taking advantage of the fact 
that the holiday fell on Monday, 
Bloomgarden followed the policy 
that proved successful for the same 
show last July 4, which fell on a 
Tuesday. In that case, too, he 
shifted the schedule to give two 
Sunday performances and cancel 
the holiday night and the midweek 
matinee. Manager had previously 
gotten satisfactory receipts on sim- 
ilar tactics With other shows in 
the past when the holiday fell early 
in the week. 

Actually, Bloomgarden believes, 
he might also have cancelled the 
“Salesman" performance last night 
(Tiles.) in favor of a holiday mat- 
inee Monday, when the Labor Day 
tourist trade was still in town. 
However, even without sharing in 
the generally bullish Labor Day 
matinee business, he mopped up on 

(Continued on page 60) 



~ Another move to legalize legit 

Pparl Tnkpri AW Tv*** [ -^uys" has been made by the New 
redri limed iVSSl. ireas. [York ticket brokei organization. 

Of ANTA Playhouse. N Y. ! Although details of the new pro- 

Taok Ppori who no posal haven’t been disclosed, the 

treasured of Lhe^ MaiStk^ Y grou P has requested the 

daring the Murtiigh theatre ticket ^hT^cket codf' fnd TmeWtne^hri 
investigation, .last summer, will be ! * «? b f < L C0 ~?ii w hch? wi!hh,°» 
the. assistant at. the ANTA Play- ! hcId wlthln * 


for the a^gmhent i br ok c P rs” d pIan There* 

& S Maha^ers , ahd 1 house’iiianagcr ,1 of ; ' memhers^of the theatre owner-pro- 
the ANTA Playhouse. . . ■ dl ® er «“*? •“* '*“?■ 

Pearl was! suspended and later ■•ffi.y.lT' 
discharged from the Majestic spot Si ° f , 

by Lee Shubert, operator of the be acceptable. There s be^ 

theatre, when he refused to “co- C K« nC ^ 

operate" in the scalping probe be- . 2,1^ , e ^ u ? wou ^4 be reinstated, 

ing conducted by John M. Mur- ’ ^bere s also a question <)f /the. Ac« 
tagh, at that time New York City : t ? rs Equity attitude pn the ^subject 


Commissioner of Investigations, 



Poche Pitching tor Legit 
Bookings in New Orleans; 
Subscription List Aids 

Management of the Poche, New 
Orleans, is making a determined 
pitch to get legit bookings for this 
season. John A. Richard, managing 
director of the house, was in New 
York last week for personal con- 
fabs with various individual pro- 
ducers as well as to make a call 
on the United Booking Office. 

Thus far the dates set for the 
spot include “I Know My Love,” 
“Death of a {Salesman," “Briga- 
...... doort," “Kiss Me, Kate," Ballet The- 

Besides denying that she violated jatre, Les Ballets de Paris, and pos- 
her Contract with Aldrieh, Miss Day j s ibly “Diamond Lil.” The 1.575- 
defends her last-minute refusal to sea t Poche is the only regular legit 
go through with a tentative agree- 1 
ment to play “Angel Street" last 
week at Olney, Md. She explains 
that she was ready to accept the 
date until she learned that it would 
require her to play both matinee 
and evening shows Saturday and 
Sunday. That would be too tough 
a strain in such an emotVnal part, 
she says. 

The actress also denies state- 
ments of other, cast members that 
she ever missed entrances or cues 
because she was listening to N. Y. 

Giants’ baseball broadcasts in her 
dressing room. She never had 4 
radio set at the theatre, she asserts, 
and the only time she missed ail 
entrance was due to another rea- 
son. She also disputes charges by 
several strawhat managers that she 
was uncooperative about local in- 
terviews, but concedes that she 
may have been indiscreet in the 
opinions about legit that she has 
expressed to inter viewers. 


Sardi’s Ticket Service 

Sardi’s restaurant, N. Y., now 
offers; theatre ticket service for its 
patrons, Renee Carroll* hatcheck 
girl in the theatrical eatery, takes 
orders and,, fills them via. direct 
phone line to the Mackey ticket 
Agency, next door , in west 44th 
street Seats are delivered im- 
mediately to the patron’s table. 

Miss Carroll is the wife of Louis 
Sehonceit, head of Mackey’s* 


house in New Orleans since the 
closing, 20 years ago, of the Tulane. 

Although “Streetcar Named De- 
sire" and “Private Lives” played 
two-week engagements there last 
season, neither one did enough 
business to warrant the longer 
booking, and Richard is convinced 
that New Orleans is good for only, 
a single week for strong shows and 
perhaps a split-week foe lesser 
draws. A local subscription organi- 
zation, Theatregoers of New Or- 
leans, with a mailing list of 3,000, 
is a factor. 


Washington, Sept. 5. 

Four different persons or groups j 
have put in bids for Washington’s 
Watergate, as result of the success 
of legit and opera there this sea- 
son. The four are Fortune Gallo, 
who presented opera here this 
summer; George Ross, N. Y. press- 
agent for “Kiss Me, Kate," which 
had a huge success here last 
month; Ned Armstrong, road p.a. 
for the touring “Kate” troupe, who 
also Claims he’s , fronting for .prior 
ducer Richard Aldrich, and Rich- 
ard Skinner and Evelyn Freyman, 
who run the successful Olney, Md., 
strawhatter outside of Washington* 
Gallo wag originally set as part 
presenter of the recent “Kate" 
here, but bowed out. Skinner and 
Miss Freyman plan to continue 
their Olney operation, even if they 
get the Watergate, 

The Watergate setup consists of 
a barge anchored in the Potomac 
close to shore, with a stage and 
shell built thereon, plus an ad- 
jacent .fiat barge for an orchestra. 
The National Symphony of Wash- 
ington gave some al fresco concerts 
here this summer, and lost money 
on them. The Watergate project is 
administered by the National Parks 
Service, under the Dept, of the 
Interior. NPS wants to make no 
money out of it, but wishes only 
to provide good entertainment. 
Edward. Kelly, of NPS, wrote the 
four bidders last Friday (1) for a I 


since Equity is a party to the code. 
! As part pf a new “buy" setup, 
; the brokers are seeking an increase 
in the mark-up limit on tickets, The 
present limit is 75c. ( plus tax 1, 
which the agencies hope to boost 
to $1 (plus tax ) . That would raise 
the actual price to the theatregoer 
a total of 30c, including tax. Al- 
though . the marfcu p limit is set by 
N. Y. State law, its revision would 
probably have to go along with an 
okay of “buys,” since brokers ob- 
viously can’t afford to make ad- 
vance purchases of tickets at the 
present 75c mark-up because there 
isn’t margin enough to cover losses 
on flop shows 

Although the existing ticket code 
technically, expired last week, the 
brokers and the League are going 
along on a status-quo basis until 
it can be renewed or a revised one 
agreed upon. * 



In 



Houses Lit by October 

Philadelphia, Sept, 5. 

Philly’s 1950-51 legit season 
opened last night (Mon.) With two 
houses re-lighting. Another tees 
off this evening (Tues.). 

Last night’s pair of arrivals con- 
sisted of “Affairs of State," tryout 
comedy by Louis Yerneull which 
started a two- week engagement at 
the Locust with Celeste Holm as 
the star, and “Kiss Me Kate" ( na- 
tional company), which began a 
three Weeks’ stay at the Shubert 
Where the No. 1 company had its 
world premiere two • seasons back. 
Tonight’s opening is also a re- 
turn— “Mister Roberts,” presented 
by the national or touring com- 


. . - _ . . , .. ,pany at the Forrest for what is 

submission of programs^ and legit advertlsed a g a ■limited stay.” and 

n ext season, | which wiu probab , y be for four or 



Murray Lang, treasurer of the 
Music Box, N;, Y., for the last 
several years, has shifted to the 
Playhouse, N. Y., with a similar 
status, Marie DixOn remains as 
assistant at the Playhouse, 

Hugh McGauley, formerly assist- 
ant at the Hudson, N, Y., is now 
treasurer of the Music Box, with 
Walter O’Connor as assistant. 


commitments for 
before deciding; 

Next July is reserved for the 
local symph, which may not want 
it due to this season’s losses. June, 

August and two weeks Tn Septem- | AviUj apparentl 
ber would be available to the 1 • 
bidders, plus J uly, if the sym ph 
doesn’t take it. There’ll be no deci- 
sion till the symph makes up its 
mind. 

Operating expenses average 
$350/400 a night on a weekly basis 
or $450/500 for a one-shot. This 
includes p.a. system, electricity 
and police guards, but not ushers 
or ticket sellers. 


five weeks. 

After this Labor Day week ac- 
tivity — the most exhibited by the 
legit here in several seasons— there 

be an extended 
hiatus, the next openings not be- 
ing skedded until Sept. 25. The 

(Continued on page 59) 



Glenn to New Haven 
New Haven, Sept. 5. 

Don Glenn, formerly treasurer 
of the Westport (Cohn.) Country 
Playhouse, has been engaged by 
the Shubert, local legit stand, as 
assistant treasurer under Ben 
Witkin. Lou Moscow also remains 
as assistant. 

Carlson Spear is manager of ; 
the UBO-booked house. ’ 


FOR PITTS NEW NIXON 

Pittsburgh, Sept. 5, 
Ralph T. Kettering, Veteran: 
Chicago theatreman, has been 
named manager of Pittsburgh’s 
legit site, New Nixon, formerly 
the Senator, a film house. Appoint 
ment was made by Gabe Rubin, 
head of the syndicate which has 
leased and will operate the play 7 
house, only a few days before the 
season grit under way last night 
(Mon.) with “Oklahoma.” 

Kettering once owned the 
Adel phi in Chicago, was the last 
lessee and operator of the Illinois 
and hgd the Civic theatre there 
until it was taken over by ABC 
for television. This summer he has 
been managing Musie-in-the-Round 
at the Chicago Fair. He replaces 
Charles Strakosch, who had pre- 
viously been engaged to manage 
the New Nixon* but had to with- 
draw from the berth couple of 
weeks ago when a brother died in 
California and he had to go there 
for several months to look after J 
the estate. 


FINANCING NOW SET 
FOR BRITTEN ‘OPERA’ 

With nearly all the financing now 
in, Peter Lawrence is readjM& go 
ahead with the production of 
“Let’s Make an Opera,” which he 
Will present ip partnership with 
the Show-of jtfce-tylonth Club ( Sylvia 
Ziegler). Ilglf of the necessary 
$60,000 was pledged in One lump 
last week by a, 'Philadelphia syn- 
dicate. That, reportedly leaves only 
about $10,000 still to be raised. 
r - . Marc , Blitzste iq will stage the 
Benjamin Britten audience-partici- 
pation musicrl, with Norman Del 
Mar, who narrated and conducted 
the orchestra in the original Lon- 
don presentation, set to repeat the 
assignment. 


Ray Golden Options ‘Heart’ 
For B’way This Season 

Hollywood, Sept, 5. 

“Eat Your Heart Out,” comedy 
by Manny Self and Paul Yawitz, 
has been optioned by Ray Golden 
for late fall presentation on Broad- 
way. The producer will plane east 
in two weeks to start preparations. 
George Abbott is sought as direc- 
tor. 

Golden’s last Broadway venture 
was “Alive and Kicking,” a revue 
presented last season in partner* 
ship with William KatzeU. 


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LEGITIMATE 


Wednesday, September 6, 1950 


Plays Out of Town 


Affairs of State 

New Haven, Aug. 30. 

.. Richard W. Krakour and Fred F> Finkle- 
hoffe presentation of comedy in three 
acts (five scenes) by Louis Verneuil, Stars 
Celeste Holm; features Reginald Owen, 
Barbara O'Neil, Shepperd Strudwick. Di- 
rected by the author. Setting, Paul Mor- 
rison; costumes, Dorothy Jeakihs; produc- 
tion associate/ John Haggott, At Shubert, 
New Haven, Aug. 30, '50; $3.60 top, 
Sherman Holbrook. ....... David White 

Philip Russell Reginald Owen 

Constance RusgeUV. . Barbara O'Neil 
George Henderson . . . Shepperd Strudwick 
L^wren^e . . . 1 . ; . . ..... Elmer . Brown 

Irene Elliott .... ... Celeste Holm 

Byron Winkler. . . . , .. Harry Bannister 


In writing and directing his first 
American stage production, French 
playwright Louis Verneuil has 
achieved a capital job of play tai- 
loring. The garment he has selected 
for his basic theme is somewhat 
antiquated, but the threads with 
which he has bound the segments 
together, and the conversational 
and gestural frills he has added, 
stamp- 'it as highly entertaining the- 
at“cai raiment. 

Presented with extreme good 
t? ;:e by an adroit troupe of actors, 
“Affairs of State” should enjoy 
p easant diplomatic relations with 
the Broadway playgoing public for 
the coming fall and winter calen- 
dar. Also, proper treatment can 
produce effective screen diversion. 

Laid in a present-day suburb of 
Washington, story revolves around 
a schoolteacher-turned-personality- 
g*rl who marries a senator in a 
“business” deal, but ends up by 
convincing him that the three R’s 
stand for romance, romance and ro- 
mance. Almost on a par With this 
theme is the counterplot of an 
a Ting retired secretary of state, 
about to lose his more youthful 
wife, through divorce, who surrepti- 
tiously, and successfully, engineers 
the marriage deal in order to pre- 
serve his own marital status quo. 

When septuagenarian Philip Rus- 
so' 1, recently retired from office, 
is approached by his wife Con- 
stance, 30 years his junior, for a 
divorce, he suspects an attachment 
for George Henderson, his sena- 
torial protege, who is making rapid 
strides in political advancement. 
Russell pulls strings which deprive 
Henderson of an anticipated post, 
then convinces the senator that his 
standing as a bachelor is a stum- 
bling block to his career. Planting 
in the minds of Constance and 


Henderson the thought that mar- 
riage would be the key to the sen- 
ator’s better acceptance by the 
American public, Russell implies 
that such a condition could be at- 
tained through a marriage of con- 
venience. 

Supposedly unknown to him, 
Constance and Henderson arrange 
to “hire” as his wife Irene Elliott, 
n on-glamorous school teacher; who 
is Constance’s niece and, incident- 
ally, a favorite of Russell’s. The 
denouement when the chrysalis 
breaks, bridging forth an Irene 
Whose physioal attractiveness, men- 
tal alertness and general charm 
eventually sqpplant Constance in 
Henderson’s T affect*bns, can scar- 
cely be labeled exhibit A in the 
1 file of original play plots. How- 
' ever, the working out of details is 
'accomplished so entertainingly 
; that the matter of obviousness is 
of minor consequence. 

| Bright dialog is a major con- 
, tributibn to this opus, With many 
; pithy phrases carrying . deep sig- 
nificance, although, as a whole, the 
play’s purpose is to entertain, not; 
, to moralize. 

| “Affairs” boasts a cast that has 
all the polish of the top apples in 
a barreli Written for Celeste Holm, 
script makes excellent use of her 
attributes, both physical and his- 
trionic. She bears the burden of 
a long role ini topflight fashion, 
registering equally well with a 
comedy line or a romantic phrase. 
Reginald .Owen, back to the foot- 
lights after a 17-year separation, 
gains audience approval and sym- 
pathy as the knowing retired 
statesman who proceeds on the 
theory that “life’s problems ean be 
solved only through gentleness,” 

Barbara O’Neil gives a beautiful 
reading of Constance, being partic- 
ularly effective in her final scene in 
which she graciously accepts Hen- 
derson’s change of affections. 
Shepperd Strudwick carries strong 
feminine appeal as the handsome 
senatorial bachelor arid he matches 
this asset With a grade-A perform- 
ance. Harry Bannister, in support 
as a current secretary of state, cap- 
italizes strongly on his not-too-long 
but meaty role. Elmer Brown, as a 
manservant, and David White, a 
political colleague, complete the 
efficient troupe. 

Producers Richard W, Krakeur 
and Fred F. Finklehoffe have in- 
vested the play with considerable 


eye appeal. Paul Morrison’s living 
room settirig and Dorothy Jeakins’ 
costumes are well in keeping with 
the high calibre of the overall pro- 
duction. Bone. 


Pardon Our French 

Boston, Sept. 4. 

Olsen & Johnson production of revue 
lii two acts (18 scenes). Stars Olsen & 
Johnsdh; features Denise Darcel, Marty 
May. Music by Victor Young; lyrics by 
Edward Heyman; sketches by Olsen & 
Johnson; scenery by Albert Johnson; cos- 
tumes by Jacks of Hollywood. At the 
Opera House, Boston, Sept. 4> *50; $4.80 
top. ■ ■ 

Cast: June Johnson, BUI Shirley, Helene 
Stanley, Patflcia Denise, J. C. Olsen, 
George Zoritch, Lubov Roudenjco, Nina 
Varela, Billy Kay, The Konyots, Robert 
Rosellat, Phil Terry, Six Mighty Atoms, 
I Leo Anthony, Richard. Clayton, John Ci- 
; ampa and Les Huit Chanteuses. 


There’s plenty of Work to be 
done on this elaborate revue be- 
! fore it’s safely ori the Broadway 
; stretch. As it stands here, it is too 
i long on production, too short on 
' the zany brand of comedy Olsen 
j & Johnson are identified with, top 
' long on • dance routines, and too; 
short on sketches and specialties, 



Warren Mungell, Jr„ will; be 
company manager and Sol Jacob- 
son pressagent for 4f Golden State,” 
the Samuel Spewack comedy star- 
ring Josephine Hull* which Bella 
(Mrs.) Spewack will present. , , . 
Grey Blake was due- back iri the 
cast of “Cocktail Party” last night 
(Tiies.) after a week’s illness, dur- 
ing which Rhoderiek Walker, who 
regularly plays the caterer’s man, 
doubled as the film writer . . 
Spencer James, will stage-manage 
“Southern Exposure” . . Louis 
Lissner is house manager of the 
Memorial Auditorium, San Fran- 
cisco . . . Marian Byrairi is press- 
agenting /‘Season in the Sun” . . . 

! Bert Lang is p.a. of the “Formsby 
Show” in Canada . . . Peggy Phil- 
lips is associate to James Proctor, 
pressagent for “Giaconda Smile/’ 
for which Ed Haas is manager . , . 

j Sam Stratton will p.a. the D’Oyiy 
Carte’s U. S. tour ... Harry 
Davies is pressagent for “Black 
Chiffon/’; 


★ 

★ 

★ 

★ 

JACK GILFORD 



Currently in Gar son Kanin's 

THE LIVE WIRE 


// 


MICHAEL TODD Production at 


Everybody Is Talking About Me in "The Live W| re" 

My friend Heriny Berger, a cutter at Howard 
Clothes, says: ''Jock, I saw you in *The Live 
Wire/ I think you're a reg'lar Milton Berio." 

Artie, my grocer, says: "Jack; I saw you in 'The 
Live Wire.' I nearly split a gut/' 


SROOKS ATKINSON. N. Y, Timet; 
'Jack Gilford's sketch of a man try- 
ing to keep awako is the peak of 
the .entertaihment/’: 

ARTHUR POLLOCK, Pally Compass: 
"Jack Gilford has a good role at last 
ds the play's sunniest and amusing 
character." 

IRVING HOFFMAN, Hollywood Re - 
porter. saytt "Jack Gilford may 
make the movie grade via comedy 
contributions to The Live Wire'." 


CHARLIE BAKER 
MUSIC CORP. OF AMERICA 


ROBERT COLEMAN, Daily Mirror: 
"Gilford contributes an . hilarious 
characterization." 

Hobo, VARIETY: "Jack Gilford scores 
as an irrespressible jester." 

HY GARDNER, Herald Tribune: n Jack 
Gilford's falling asleep comedy bit 
is a classic in the best tradition of 
James Barton's drunk routine; W. C. 
Field's pool table, scene, and Chap- 
lin making a banquet but of an 
old shoe." 


Preis Representative: 
GORE-SOLTERS AJSOC. 


General format is that of the 
previous pieces in the Olsenf John- 
son tradition, the theme in this i 
case being— as the title indicates ! 
—a roundup of Paris. Most of the 
production numbers take their 
locale in and around the French 
city,; with all the usual characters 
of the Apache, the mannequins, 
the gendarmes, etc. The atmos- 
phere is consequently anything 
but fresh arid the level of inven- 
tion, in the production and dance 
numbers, is never Very high. As a 
show piece for a hunch of shapely 
show girls and a couple of singing 
and dancing stars, however, it 
would serve the purpose if the 
comic vein were richer; 

. It is in that department, how- 
ever, that the most serious defi- 
ciency lies, as an O&J audience 
expects and perhaps even demands 
an unending procession of- the 
maddest gags. Of the five or six 
sketches uncorked at the opener, 
only two showed any / of the old- 
time spontaneity, despite the’ in- 
clusion of everything from midg- 
ets to a human fly. Others had 
their moments, but usually peter- 
ed out, and nearly all called for 
a barrage of blank cartridges arid 
explosions of every kind. 

Ole Olsen, due to a recent auto- 
mobile accident, made only token 
appearances on crutches with 
Marty May handling his assign- 
ment and. clicking with his fa- 
miliar but, alwavs sock vaude spe- 
cialty. Chick Johnson, still one of 
the master timers in the business, 
gets laughs with the scantiest ma- 
terial and carries the show, but 
it’s obviously a terrific burden. 

Of the eight or nine dance pro- 
ductions. one called “There’s No 
Man Like A Snow Man” stands 
way out. This one brings out 
Helene Stanley, a personable kid 
who sings and dances with the 
best. Top new personality to 
emerge, however, is Bill Shirley, 
a good-looking boy with a straight- 
forward manner, a tenor of in- 
gratiating duality and with a fine 
flair for acting, he bears watching. 
Denise Darcel, who appears only 
a couple of times, makes a sen- 
, sational appearance, hut her voice 
doesn’t proiect too well, and she 
; is hampered by an only so-so song 
| called “Dolly From The Folies 
[ Bergere.” A session' with a stooee 
i from the audience likewise fails 
i to click. 

| Nor can too much be said in 
j favor of the songs or the ballet 
! numbers. One standout with an 
1 eve on the Hit Parade is “I Ought 
To Know More About. You.” while 
an arty type song called “A Face 
; In The Crowd” might survive; But 
i the. other tunes are routine. 

! Patricia. Denise scores personally 
j as the prima ballerina, and there 
..is some excellent male dancing bv 
.George Zoritch, Richard Cahill 
• and Brahm van den Berg, but the 
; ballets themselves are fairly tepid 
; in inspiration. One specialty, a 
sock parody adagio by the Konyots, 

\ reallv clicks, and a song specialty 
/.by Marty May and Chick Johnson 
: called “The Flower Song” gets 
. plenty of reaction. 

! This about sums it up, however. 
The material in nearly jail depart- 
ments is weak and generally un- 
I Inspiring. The .real strength of 
i the show lies in its production, 
j which calls for everything from 
I the re-production of an elevated 
train to an April shower. Flic, 

Dell Isola's 2 Dates 

Salvatore DellTsola, musical di- ! 
rector of “South Pacific/’ will con-, j 
duct two performances of grand > 
opera at Carnegie Hall, N. Y., dur- 
ing Alfredo Salmaggi’s Puccini- 
Verdl Opera Festival, opening 
tonight (6). 

He’ll be guest, conductor for “La 
Boheme,” Sept. 8, and “Aida,” Sept. 
10. DellTsola- iriade his debut as 
opera conductor with Salmaggi at 
the Brooklyn Academy of Music in 
1941. 


Milton Baron is house manager 
of the Playhouse, N. Y. . Em- 
mett Callahan is mariager and 
Howard Newman advance man for 
“Devil’s Disciple” . > . Paul Vroom 
is company mariager for Paul : 
Horn’s revival of “Sea Gull/’ in 
Which Margaret O’Brien/ ; Anne 
Revere and Walter Abel may ap- 
pear . . . Harry Zevin is manager 
and Hank Levy p.a. for. “Little 
Boy Blue” . . Helen Hoerle is 

pressagent for “Curious Savage” 

. . . Nat Schenkei* is second p.a. 
for /‘Kiss Me, Kate” . . , Lor ell a ; 
Val-Mery succeeded Byron Bent- 
ley as? p a. of /‘Two Blind Mice” 

. . Les Thomas is manager and 
Dorathi Bock Pierre pressagent of. 
“Summer and Smoke” on the 
Coast; . . V Maurice Winters is back 
as obmpariy manager of “South 
Pacific” after a vacation ... Noel 
Coward Will be the guest Sept. 14 
at the season’s .first Drama Desk 
luncheon/ at Rosoff’s, N. Y. 

Carol Stone, after playing the 
silo circuit all summer in “Gay 
Divorcee/’ went to the Coast over 
the weekend to visit her father, 
Fred Stone, and attend the open- 
ing of “Little Blue Boy/’ Which 
her sister ..Paula and Michael 
Sloane are co-presenting 
Leonard Fields has; been submitted 
by producer Michael My er berg fox’ 
membership in the Assn, of Thea- 
trical Press Agents & Managers 
under the new blood clause . . v 
James Ilammerstein, son of Oscar 
Hammersteiii, II, has been ; sub- 
mitted to the union on a similar 
basis,, to be apprentice . to Carl 
Fisher, company manager of Le- 
iarid Hayward's presentatibn of 
“Call Me Madam/’ His brother, 
William Hammerstein, is Hay- 
ward’s production rrianager 
Henri Caubisens will be pipdiic- 
tion stage manager of “Guys and 
Dolls” . . . Nick Holde is general 
manager for “Season in the Sun/’ 
With Charles Durand as stage man- 
ager and Dick Ewell assistant. 

playwright-novelist Morley Cal- 
laghan of Toronto arrives in New 
York tomorrow (6), to discuss pro- 
duction possibilities of his . play 
“To Tell the Truth” with Harriet 
Ames . . . Gratian ((Fridolin) 

Gelinas is in New York from Mont- 
real for conferences with Arthur 
Schwartz about an early '51 pro- 
duction of Gelinas’ play, “Ti Coq.” 
Deal is being handled by George 
Wood through the William Morris 
agency . . . Sarah Marshall, daugh- 
ter of Herbert Marshall, arrives 
from the Coast next week with 
her mother, Edna Best, for re- 
hearsals and a 30-week tour with 
the Lunts in “I Know My 'Love.” 

With “Live Wire” due to Close 
next Saturday (9) at the Playhouse, 
N. %\ owner Ben Marden will 
pi’obably decide this Week whether 
to accept an offer from the Amerit 
can Broadcasting Co. to lease the 
theatre as a, television; studio. 
Meanwhile., no further legit book- 
ings for the spot are being set. 
Marden was due back yesterday 
(Tues.) from Cuba, where he has 
business interests . . . St. John Ter- 
rell, at one time/ a sideshow fire- 
eater, will revive the act as a bit 
part in the World’s Fair scene in 
‘ Show Boat” next week at his Mu- 
sic Circus at Lambertville, N. J. 


. . * Jed Harris Will produce the 
new Thornton Wilder play, ‘‘Em- 
porium,” which the author says 
will require more scenery than 
“Our Town,” but less than “Skin 
of Our Teeth” , . . When “Peter 
Pan”; moves Sept. 19 to the St. 
James, N. Y., the management will 
hang a huge banner outside the 
theatre to bally the show. 

Mrs. Lodewlck Vroom, widow of 
the manager, is staying with 
friends in the country after leaving 
the hospital, where she was treated 
for a triple fracture of the leg, 
sustained in a fall in her home 
. . . Arthur Klein, producer of 
“Tickets, Please,” is collaborating 
With Lilian Gale on his autobiog, 
to be titled “From 14th Street to 
Times Square” . Arthur Cantor, 
associate to pi’essagent William 
Fields, got a breathing-do wn-the- 
rieck letter from the Air Forces 
last week. He was a radar expert 
during the last war . . . Oscar Karl- 
weis is mentioned for a part in 
Gilbert Miller’s Broadway produc- 
tion of “Ring ’Round the Moon/” 
for which Lucille Watson and Neva 
Patterson are set. The producer is 
reportedly still planning to direct 
and will also have new scenery de- 
signed by Raoul Dufy, although 
the staging and physical produc- 
tion are considered the outstand- 
ing assets of the London original 
... Henry Sherek hopes to per- 
suade Elmer Rice to direct the 
London production of “Dream 
Girl,” if the author’s Broadway 
commitrhents dont interfere, 

Irene M. Selznick is due from 
the Coast today (Wed.) . . . “The 
Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone,” 
Tennessee Williams’ novel about 
the romances of an American 
actress in Italy, will be published 
Sept. 27 by New Directions . . . 
The American Guild of Musical 
Artists will have jurisdiction over 
“The Barrier” . . . The Equity 
Ball, which was scheduled for 
Thanksgiving night, has beeri can- 
celled . . . New members of Equity 
include Cathleen Nesbitt and 
Eileen Peel, of British Equity, and 
Marie Wilson. Also, Evelyn Frey- 
nian has transferred to Equity 
from the American Federation of 
Radio Artists and Lon McCalliSter 
from the Screen Actoi's Guild . 
Robert Rapport is general man- 
ager for Craig Kelly, Who will 
make his producer debut with 
“Cock of the Walk,” for which 
Sol Jacobson Will be pressagent. 
Rapport is also g.m. for Peter 
Cooksoh, who’s readying a. pro- 
duction of “Lily Henry.” William 
Fields will p.a. the latter show, as 
well as Morton Gottlieb’s revue 
presentation, “Mad Money.” . , . 

. . . Robert Ullman, pressagent 
at the Olney theatre in Maryland, 
has resigned from the strawhatter 
arid returned to New York to be- 
come apprentice flack for “Call 
Me Madam.” Ullman’s spot with 
Olney has been taken over by 
Alice Sircom. 


Leaves Randolph-Macon 

Lynchburg, Va., Sept. 5. 

Dr. Richard Hanna Hadley, ad- 
junct pi’ofessor of English in 
charge of dramatics and speech 
and Randolph-Macon’s Woman’s 
college here, has resigned to be- 
come associated with the school of 
the theatre of the U. of, -Denver. 

S^cceedirfg him here will be 
Joseph W. Cohron, of Catawba 
college, Salisbury, N. C. 


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Chicago, Sept. 5. 
The Chevy Chase Summer The- 
atre, at nearby Wheeling, 111., has 
extended its season four weeks, 




ARENA-STYLE THEATRE 


Wednesday, September 6, 1950 


Houston, Sept. 5» 
William Z. Rozari and Joanna 


Sodom, Tennesson 

Guthsville, Pa., Aug. 29, 

Hayloft Theatre presentation of draiha 


through Oct. 1. on the strength Of Albus are organizing a professional j ^ 

bullish business. The stra what ; arena style theatre here. New man Roland, Edwin Biudana, Rosemary 
grossed about $8,500 last week Playhouse Theatre, Ltd., will be Do^V^Dickhmn?^ At n °flayiSr^theSt?e[ 


grossed about $8,500 last week . Playhouse Theatre, Ltd., will be ll M al At ^Hayiotr theatre, 

with Zachary Scott in “Blind Al- one of the first permanent build- Aug. 28. 'so. 

ley,” for the fourth highest week • ings constructed for use exclusive- E^ th M Hi|gJ 1 ns *^ ’ ’ , , v ’ ' Minfccnt Coiema n | 

of the season. fly as a professional arena thea- Ephraim . Edmund. Cambridge 

-Madr Christians is btirrcnt in ‘ tre. The plajnng area will be a g ; : ; ; 

“Papa Is All and ZaSu Pitts is . true circle, rather than a square xot Johnson ............ Norman Roland 

scheduled next week in “Post or rectangle, and will be surround- Gabriel. — p°ug_Con\yay 

Road.*’ ' 7 ed by 300 seats. ? ^ff john.on.V. Vc-orsIL 

Pnyhonse will feature appear- ; :'wmtem le H«doQk 

. - ances. -of .. established, acto rs, sup- S killv Spark* .. . ...... .Joseph Gorman 

ported by all professional casts; • .'Sam; .Yetby . , f . . ••• — ^ 
Basic casts and directors will be Jake^udffi^stbnV. .\',^ V. . . . . John Hertz 

' changed often enough to Offer va- Poppy Meadows, . ... . - • - * > • Pat 

I riety to the theatregoer. There Sheriff Bates > ... . ... . . . .Norman Porter: 

' will be six performances evenings ; zeke Higgins... ^ - Boh Beger 
•‘•-.-.a ...AaI. '. v +u« Eb Higgins ....... . Kenn TMffeston 


Pittsburgh, 


v 5. 


William Wymetal managing dl- and tw0 mat i n ees each week the ■-! 
rector of the local Civic Light yC ar t . oun d. On the free evenings. : 


■ . Opera Assn., for ■ the : last four sea^ ' ti,a Playhouse will orpsent lectures ; . ■ , 

sons, arid Karl Kritz, conductor at ' an d musical and dance events I Producer Jack Segasture has . 
outdoor musicals for two of them, \ . 7 . ' ■ '■ ' ; • • ; ■: * ; something in “Sodom, Tennessee.” j 

will be associated again this fall riu flitA UA * - which, with some doctoring, may .j 

when they team up in San Fran- V Iieruiie “ ruiib LHUh , have possibilities for Broadway, 
cisco for nine weeks of the grand • P v rH Drama N Parnlrna where it is headed. A two-jacter. 1 
opera season. Wymetal, long as- i • • ^ * . . in 12 scenes by Howard Richard- 


sociated with opera there, . will be t Charlotte, N. C., Sept. 5. 

returning as the director and ; . Two North Carolina plays are 
Kritz is to conduct. ‘ having considerable showing Over 


in 12 scenes by Howard Richard- ; 
son and William Berriey, authors of : 
“Dark of the Moon,”* the play j 
opened a two-week, tryout at the ' 


Last wintdr, after finishing up the Tar Heel state. They are the ! li^es^ ' laS * '' eek to hne local no- 


here, Wymetal went to Sweden for ! Chetokee drama, “Unto These 


''Blonde Barbara Perry, dancing 
*omedienne partner of Tommy Trinder 
‘rt Val Parnell's show "Starlight Ren- 
Jexyous" at the Hippodrome, Brighton, 
bn Tuesday became perhaps the first 
Variety Artist, certainly the first A me r- 
‘:an to quote a whole speech from 
hqkespeare to a hard boiled “we've 
seen it all before” audience. It was 
''Starlight Rendezvous" first night and 
Barbara will remember it. as the first 
night she had - so much applause for 
Shakespeare." 

BRIGHTON AND HOVE GAZETTE. 


"Pert and- vivacious American Bari 
bara Perry, making her first appear- 
ance in this country since "Starlight 
Roof," When Tommy brought her for- 
ward to say a few words she proved 
she is not the dumb blonde she would 
have us believe. Instead of the usual 
platitudes she gave us Viola's speech 
to the Clown from "Twelfth Night." 
Miss Perry twinkles more brightly than 
the,, lights on the front." 

LONDON EVENING NEWS. 

"This is by no meant a one man 
show however, An; exciting' newcomer 
in Californian Barbara Perry demon* 
strafes an all round competence woe- 
fully lacking in some home products, 
Her comedy and singing are excellent, 
and her dancing superb, and her 
'Pedro the Fisherman', number is danc- 
ing mime at its finest." 

YORKSHIRE EVENING NEWS. 


"Tommy's leading lady from Amer- 
ica is a versatile personality plus danc- 
ing and singing acting star. Barbara's 
forte ii dancing but the does sketches 
and sings production nurrjbers at well 
as stopping the show with her. mod’ 
ernisfic tap-cum ballet routines." 

SHOW BUSINESS. 

"Sha ring the honours It Barbara 
Parry, an attractive American dancer 
When .vivacious Ml m Perry If on the 
stage one it teooltftdrted to ft front 
seat in the itdb for those supir mu- 
sicalt that .Hollywood revels In, arid 
apart from her dancing she.. puts over 
song numbers with slickness and has 
a nice sense of comedy: Pedro the 
. Fisherman jn which she does a mimed 
dance, and her number in the scene 
where the influence of 'Annie 'Get 
Your Gun' exerts a marked effect on 
Piccadilly Circus, are her best contri- 
butions." 

BRIGHTON HERALD. 

English Representative: 

CHARLES,!. TUCKER 

Publicity: 

AL CAULDER 


several months as director of tire 1 Hills.' ’ and Sam Byrd’s hlstbric .l .}■ 

Stockholm Opera. He had an in- ; ^ a Q ^' Ly“n Teimessee as thl setting M U 

vilaUon ho return this; year but re- 60 000 pations .have come fiom « ■ p / esents Biblical Sodom in a new 

jected it on account of unsettled s^tes . to see 35 performances of ■ setting. Both Sodom and Gemor- 
conditions abroad. 'Hills, ., a historical ' drama "Of tho ! yah the'' other towri : Which fiffures 

■" - : -'>■ ■ Clierokee- Indians, at Mountainside | irihe playl are destroyed in ihe 

~ theatre, Cherokee. N. C. The spec- 1 end, those who look back are lost, 
ATDAIfl Uama 1 tacle will close Labor Day, but ; and only the lone “Good Man” re- 
Hl rrllfl IfldUS j Harry E. Buclianan; chairman of mains, 

r _ the board of the Cherokee Histori- The story has to do with the 

Continued from page 57 . , • , cal Assn., says it Will be presented rivalry between two towns, Sodom 

pany’s regular patrons in ^ ConneCti- 3gain next Surirmer. Gemorrah, separated by a^yal- 

cu* and Westchester county have ! “Duplin Story,” whioh former ^ ilads to^kfllinSf and^rsmf 
been s u rpi'ising ; ^^ Ne\v Haven execs Bi padway actor Byrd has Written, with destruction of both in the end. 
believe that with the cooperation and . will produce, direct and play Q ne nian tries to stop the war He 
of Broadway: rrankgements it might the leading part in, will be pre- i s Lot Johnson, who found religion 
be possible "to run special show sented Sept. 7-12 at Kenansyille, and is the only man in Sodom 
trains on a regular schedule, say N. C., for the second consecutive against whom there is no black 
weekly or every two weeks, : and year. It is also a historical drama mark in Gabriel’s book. He fails, 
serving all shows. covering a period from 1755 to the but is the lorie man saved in the 

: It’s also suggested that, on the Present. Byrd’s legal ward, Pat , end The young _gkl whom he mar- 
basis of the response thus far the Bolap. an Ei.gli.sh girl, will play ned, ..although -^Snant by .another 

railroad might be able- to Sell sea- the 


harrassed by a world that turns 
against them, , 

At length it turns out that thp 
entire action took place in the 
mind of Maurice the playwright in 
the split-second of his first meet- 
ing with the girl. He is thus, both 
in the staging and in the elaborate 
syriibolism of the scenery and de- 
cor, an observer to the entire ac- 
tion, looking on, as it were- to the 
melancholy events that might have 
happened had he actually fallen in 
love with her. 

. In’ the role of the playwright, 
Sam W anamaker achieves . a Singu- 
larly felicitous blend of the ro- 
manti'c arid the mystical, the ere- : 
ative artist and the devoted family 
man. He is given what might be 
called a radiant sort of support by 
Valerie Bettis, who employs her 
] choreographic intuition to achieve 
a vstrangely . ethereal mood in her 
! projection of the girl. Helmut 
• Dan tine conveys a collected, ra- 
| tional atmosphere in the role of 
j the artist arid best friend of the 
playwright* to give the play a sense 
! of; .reality and solidity. Blanche 
! Y rirka , in a role remotely akin 1 o 
{ the Madwoman of Chaillot, lends 
! a- wise but droll quality to the 
!. -owner of the Parisian cafe, in 
1 which much of the action takes 
| place. 

j The play is staged with rriuch 
i imaginative quality by Howard Bay 
| against a series of fragmentary sets 
! (also Bay’s) of charming "aspect, ‘ 
l and was given here without mter- 
! mission the first night. An inter- 
| mission was provided thereafter 
but even so it. is not likely that an 
interval will help to achieve the 
commercial success this one 
achieves on the artistic level. A 
notable attempt, in short, to prer 
sent the perceptive, visionary and 
powerful dramatic genius of 
Strindberg, but one that seems a 
dubious Candidate for Broadway; 

Elie. 


son subscription tickets, good for 

a certain number of shows. How- Interstate Sets Dates other fellow just because he lives 

ever, such a setup and a regular _ across the valley, and not to look 

show train schedule would be de- H allas . i>ept. b. back but ahead. 

pendent on the cooperation of all Interstate Theatre Circuit’s legit Segasture has gathered a capa- 

managements, not just those hav- season is beginning to take shape, ble cast, especially in lead roles. 

ing flops br borderline shows. '‘Death of a. Salesman” has been j Norman Roland, as Lot Johnson, 

These are details that the company booked for the Melba for Dec. 8 I gives . a powerful performance, first 

intended discussing with League Or 9; “Mr. Roberts” will a rrive | a ? Die riiiddle-aged irian who mar- 

representatives, if the latter had early in January and there’s a ( nes a young girl and later as a 

been interested. possibility that ; "Diamond Lil.” re r val i st V Ed '^ t Biudana plays. the 

Subscriotion Sales with Mae West, will be brought t r ® v jol ln g 

auoscnpwon oaies ._ tu,,* u mp showman, with conviction, Rose- 

AnOther idea recommended in , T . „ .’ ^ mary Pettit, as Becky Dunbar, the 

the ATP AM report and already be- _ Mauri ce Evans in The Devil s | young girl whom both Lot and Joe 
ing carried out by independent Dlscl Ple. , ^ ll *? a fly„J ias beGn an- ! want, gives an excellent pei> 


Fred“ blthdugli “pfegnarit' by another I 
man, dies as she looks back at her ! 
dying lover. The allegory’s mes- 1 
sage, if any, is not to Irate the | 
other fellow just because he lives ! 
across the valley, and not to look , 
back but ahead. - i 


forrnance . that is forthright and 
simple: The ballad used for a 
frame in the play was written by 
Billy Wilson. Powl. 

IriiiiOR anil rriinivs 

Cambridge, Aug. 29. 

Festival Theatre production' of play in 
.one act by August Strindberg. Stars Val- 
erie Bettis, Sant. Wananvaker. Blanche 
Yurka, Helmut Dantinc. Direction' and. 


been interested. possibility that “Diamond Lil,” "* 4 a ana piays. tne 

SubscriDtion Sales with Mae West, will be brought J* traveling 

ouoscnpuon dates • a bouf tw timp showman, with conviction. Rose-; 

Another idea, recommended in , T . „ .’ ^ niary Pettit, as Becky Dunbar, the 

the ATP AM report and already be- _ Mauri( ; e Evans in The Devil s | young girl whom both Lot and Joe 

ing carried out by independent Dlscl P!e _ ^lready_ has been an- ! want, gives art excellent per* 

agencies is subscription ticket sale ;. nounce ^ ^ 01 27,. I forrnance .that is forthright and 

setups. In one form or another. simple: The ballad used for a 

the Show-of-the-Month Club (whose ^ , iA . , . - pl ^ ay Was written by 

president, Sy^’ii Siegler, reported- . SOGCidl ‘SalfK| : nan , 3 P ' 

ly would be interested in cooperat- ! wCHyOlllClII: I VIirrog i V* » 

ing in a regular show train opera- Continued from page 57 - ■ ■ * riI ^ ^ 

tion) the Plsv of' the TVTnrith friiilH ■ 4 L3DlblidS0 ( Au§« 29. 

. , V i. , , . ■ • standee-limit houses at both Sun- • festival Theatre production' of pLay in 

and about a half-dozen other simi- ^ dnuee mouses ai ootn &un- on e ac t by August Strindberg, stars Vai- 

lar organizations, bring in over aa y poriormances. erie Bettis, Sanv AVananvaker. Blanche 

$100,000 in business for single ' Fact that no other shows gave St5 £y Howard' B!?J in costu^ 
Broadway shoVvs. Sunday showings and “Salesman” DuPbtit. Adaptation by Lnwvence Lang- 

i Members of the League and CTP took ex . tra ’SPace ads in the Sunday .§f^> 5 0 ' ® rat '- e theatre ’ Gambridg€ * A ^; 

admit that the existence of such ! J a P^ rs ann °Pnce the- special per- Watchman...... — : • 

agencies is a serious reflection on ^ r .X^ S ‘ Pr0V ipK d i ! I.! ; ;• ! ; • 

Broadway managements. If the rtrama^^rfi* T a G + I ^fe ‘ ' * ’ 

present ticket distribution setup b L h ; Maurice'. ■ ’. ” ’ ! sin wihlmaitef 

be *u n ° bul its Bl-ossifo.- last week 'was I **-'"• - -r7.'^5®ert«*-'j5Jgj5J.. 

:Sitafe..K n ^ed e BSt h g': -&±av th ^ e ” 1 ^ TRe; W ■***.*«- 

. the ATP AM report poipts out; only i n “ One. of the more interesting ex- 

- a small portion of the public at- c l U( ^ e( l in tbe cui lent weeks take, periments Of the stra what season, 
tends the theatre even in the Virtually all shows did bulging August Strindberg’s “Crimes and 
; Greater New York’ area. The rea- business at the Labor Day mat- Crimes” doesn’t^ seem to add, up ; 
son it’s serierallv believed is not mee * That was particularly true of f °r Broadway. It could easily: hold 

where the 

the prohibitive time and trouble 'V 11 , 1 *, sU.RduiK.^roanljws • wld. SOc!c 

to . obtejn ^icket^ un^er the pres- Bolder d^Ue to^Stlraw tor's resf The adaptation o/thls ltiyStieal 

suggested m the day . night (91, so -some- of the extra 

^e ^the exten- trade, may 'have been those grab- cZiLs anT ^Ghdmes.” AUhou^h: 
Sion of the a tre paity business to binR a last chance to see the star there is a very great deal in the 

radio QPrfnc ^ 3yeekly f • rec °F^ d > his most successful part. “Peter play that is as alive, penetrating 
.radio series. The cooperation of the Pan.” which would have seeriied and stimulating as it was in 1899, 
tneatre party agents association a natural to plav a Labor Dhy mat- it somehow fails to make real con- 
would be sough; in setting up such inee, failed to do so. However; the tact. One remains largely un- 




. . . - Sam W anamaker 
, . . . , .Blanche Yurka 
. , . . . . Valerie Bettis 
.....Helmut Dentine 


One - of the more interesting ex- 


: aimed to attract a national audi- 000. At least some of the increase £i, l rV h 'i m ?u ra ! of tbe P. la y, 
ence, probably using stars of cur- was figured to be juveniles who • s l° ose ly that^ crime is a 

rent Broadway and touring shows were flocking to the ' classic before a p^rsonam 
for guest interviews, and would be schools reopen. seH SoiSt^d. 

‘ t0 local s ^ ati0ns on a Only show not affected one /Way In Langner’s adaptation. Which 
8 S Sa’a/t « 1 ^ rj. , or the other by last week’s seasonal appears to be faithful to the orig- 
lhe A l PAM plan, final ^ draft of s i um p or ^ holiday trade this ^ na ^ save in the closing moments, 
which may be okayed by the union week was “South Pacific.^ which ^ Playwright on the evening of 
board and submitted to the League jammed in the usual standee limit I what he hopes will be his first real 
in a few days, was prepared by a at all performances to riel its usiirI i s M c . ces$; iPcets and falls in ’ love 
special committee headed by Wolfe cross 'Of almost $50 800 last week w \ t -\ th mi g,r1 ^ ' ?F'his- best friend, an 
; Kaufman and Including Paul Reis- T b e Rhd-Xttn^^ISteln S rt,St ' The - cKi,d , of J ,is mistress, 

' : Peter ^maSgeT' iS? ^ git?? ^iS anirten SiW 

! ■«* » »»r" »®fsa snaa? s aaris es BK.ra*«afs 2 

Robert Milford. performarices. mitted the crime, and both are 


Continued from page 1 

at that time was figured at $600,- 
000. The mail has been Coming in 
steadily since then. The pre- open- 
ing window sale and the SOMC 
order ’will be added to the total 
before the premiere; 

The sale for “Madam’’ is already 
far ahead of the $430,000 piled up 
by “South Pacific,” which was said 
to have been a record at that time. 
In the case of “Madam,” however, 
the boxoffice scale is Jiigher, with 
a $7.20 top and other locations cor- 
respondingly up. -“South Pacific” 
has a $6 top. 

The difference in scale will prob- 
ably enable “Madam” to better the 
b.o. record of “South Pacific” in 
its tryout engagements in New 
Haven and Boston. In the former 
town, opening next Monday (1 1 ) , 
the “Madam” top will be $5.40, a 
new high there, and the week’s 
gross will probably reach $40,000. 
In Boston, opening Sept. 19, with 
a $4.80 top through the week and 
$6 Friday and Saturday nights, the 
gross is expected to hit $41,000 to 
$42,000. The' musical is already a 
virtual sellout in both places. 

As usual, the huge advance sale 
for the New York, run of the show 
is causing resentment among ticket 
brokers. The inanagement is tryr 
ing to arrange to get them at least 
some locations at the start of the. 
run, but is selling most of the seats 
to mail applicants. Sylvia Siegler, 
president of SOMC, is also putting 
up a battle to get desirable loca- 
tions for her clientele, but the man- 
agement is giving the mail orders 
precedence over, her requirements, 
too. 

There will be 100 house seats 
per performance held out from 
both the mail orders and broker 
allotments. They will beV divided 
approximately as follows: 52 to the 
management, authors, director, 
stars, etc.; 40 to the Shuberts, and 
eight to the Damon Runyon Cancer 
Fund. 


SAMUEL FRENCH - 

SINCE 1830 

Play, Brokers and 
'Authors' Representatives 

25 West. 45th Street, New York 4 
7623 Sunstt Blvd., Hollywood 46, Cal. 


I. J. SPERANS 

Certified Public Accountant 
EMPIRE STATE BLDGr. 
New York LA. 4-1944 

Est. 1032 


Wednesday, September 6, 1950 


PfotlETY 


LITERATI 


61 



The Busy Mc^voys 

J. P. McEvoy, a roving editor 
for Reader’s Digest, hosted his son 
Dennis McEvoy last week, in N. Y., 
before the latter returned to Tokyo 
where he edits the Japanese edi- 
tion of the monthly. He may also 
incept a -proposed new edition of 
RD in Hindustani. 

Daughter \ Dorothy, now east 
from California, plans going into 
publicity.. The senior McEvoy’s 
Wife, Peggy i is also on Reader’* 
Digest, and did S;S. the Liberte 
shots of the new French liner’s 
maiden voyage, planned for Life. 

More Mags Hike Rates 

Joining the ranks of magazines 
which have upped their ad rates, 
Esquire, Coronet and Apparel Arts 
announced last week that higher 
space rates Will go into effect with 
the March *51 issues. Reason cited 
Was increased publishing costs; 

The Smart publications said that 
the increases parallel circulation 
boosts for the three mags. 


Benefits For Freelancers 

With President Harry Truman’s 
signing of the hew Social Security 
bill Aug. 28, freelance writers, for 
the first time, Will receive social 
Security benefits. Like Other self- 
employed groups, the freelancers 
will pay 1% more in social security 
taxes than fulltime— employees;. 
Movement to include freelancers 
in the new bill was sparked by 
the Society of Mag Writers, an 
organization of about 75 American 
freelancers. 

Jack Harrison Pollack, veepee 
Of the society, was responsible for 
the major part of the lobbying 
•done on behalf of the freelancers. 


: Blondle’s Educational Plug 

Blondie and other characters 
from Chi Young’s Bumstead family 
go through experiences which 
subtly emphasize basic mental hy- 
giene _principles, in a comic book 
which the JN. y. state “Dept' of 
Mental Hygiene began distributing 
last week at the State Fair in 
Syracuse. At that exposition, huge 
replicas of the book bring the 
Dept.’s message to spectators in 
flashing lights and animated cut- 
outs. Life-size figure of Blondie 
and Dagwood distribute the book- 
lets to visitors. 

Announcing release of the publi- 
cation, Dr. Newton Bigelow, Com- 
missioner of Mental Hygiene, said, 
“The universal appeal of the 
comic book stems from its color, 
action and drama. In utilizing this 
sprightly medium for education, we 
are reaching the same public that 
is reached by comics in general — 
cutting across all social and eco- 
nomic strata and embracing every 
age level.” 

Dr. Bigelow commended King 
Features and its art director* Joe 
Musial, for cooperating in produce 
ing the book, and Chic Young for 
his generosity in making the char- 
acterizations available. 


sez my pal Scully. I go further in 
the book and get tangled in words 
like geophysicist, astrothelogian, 
electromagnetic, aerodynamicists 
and thermodynamics. Here I said, 
at last, is a book that is not only 
interesting but healthy — * it also 
gives the reader exercise running 
to the dictionary and back. As I 
got further into the book I kept 
saying to myself, “Hey, Laurie, 
this ain’t for you; remember you 
never even graduated grammar 
school. Why are you monkeying 
With this stuff? Why you ain’t even 
up to Mutt & Jeff yet!” i 

But I kept paying no attention to 
myself, knowing what a bore I am, 
and 1/ kept reading about flying 
saucers, made out of metal Un- 
known to our scientists, so light 
that two or three men could lift 
One side of it. A saucer 100 ft. in 
diameter, 18 ft. across and 72 
inches in height. No motor, and 
the whole thing run by buttons! 
It all sounds like Alice in Won- 
derland stuff, but this is 'for real.’ 
It was even reported a radio found 
in the saucer was one-inch square 
(can’t get big yoks on a radio like 
that), and a chart with funny look- 
ing symbols on it . . and to top 

it off 13 guys 36 inches high found 
dead iii it— none of ’em singers or 
Ike Rose’s Midgets. 

Honest, I believe my pal Frank. 
Where did— they _come .from!.. Do. 
they belong to our Air Forces? 
Who sent ’em? Maybe Venus or 
Mars— ask my buddy Scully. The 
saucers were run by magnetism, 
maybe? I know nothing about mag- 
netism except the little magnet I 
bought when I was a kid for a 
cent, that made pins and nails 
move around. Then there was Lot- 
tie Gilson, the ’Little Magnet,* who 
would shine a mirror on a bald 
guy’s head while she sang a flirty 
song to or at" him. Then there was 
Annie Abbott (The Georgia Mag- 
net) who had a dozen guys trying 
to lift her from the stage and they 
4aited-. Then, of course, there was: 


Times while Ed Schallert is on a 
three-week vacation. 

“The New Barbarians,” book of 
poems by Winthrop Palmer, an ed- 
itor of Dance News, to be pub- 
lished by Rinehart this fall. 

The^ American Weekly tees off 
a serialization of Adele Rogers 
St. Johns’ Hollywood story. “Love, 
Laughter & Tears,” Sept. 10. 




SCULLY’S SCRAPBOOK 




Continued from page 2 


Flying Tackle at Flying Saucers 

My editor handed me a nice 
looking book saying, “Here is 
Frank Scully’s latest book ‘Behind 
the Flying Saucers,* review it.” 
•‘Behind the Flying Saucers” eh, 
it ought to have a lot of laughs. 
I’ll bet he has that one in it, 
“Would you like to see flying 
saucers? . . Trip a waitress.” I 
tucked the book under my arm 
and went home. After dinner (in 
which we had plenty of flying 
saucers) I settled down in my 
library (it’s a room With a Racing 
Form and a McGuffey’s Reader in 
it) to have a few laughs with my 
clever friend Frank Scully’s latest 
book published by Holt at $2.75! 

So wha* hoppened? On the very 
first page my eyes stumble across 
words like ‘New Sublimation* . * ; 
then as I read page after page I 
got panicky ! What is this thing he 
handed me? Was his glasses 
fogged and he mistook me for Ein- 
stein? Maybe he figured I was the 
only guy on the Variety staff that 
had a dictionary? Maybe he gave 
me the hook to review to prove 
that there is one guy on the staff 
by the name of Frank Scully who 
jiot~only knowsJtor to sp ell- a nd, 
write big words but who may un- 
derstand ’em too. And maybe he 
gave the book to me because he 
doesn’t understand anything but 
Sticks Nix Hick Pix! 

Well, I had a job to do and I 
was gonna do it. I’m that kind of 
a guy. I once kicked a big guy in 
the shins on a dare, I got a beating 
for it but I had the satisfaction of 
kicking him. And no book is going 
to throw me. 

I found myself arguing on the 
side of Scully against the Pentagon 
Ddsk Generals of the Air Force. 
This flying saucer is no gag,^they 

spected by reputable scientists-— 


that little redhead in Rock island 
who had plenty of magnetism. 
(And I remember . rightly, I think 
she could have moved one of them 
saucers . . . she certainly moved 
me and I’m not much bigger than 
a saucer, in fact I was *orice° Called 
“the demi-tasse comedian.”) 

Anyway, here I was reading 
scientific stuff from Professor Ein- 
stein, Dr. Kuiper, professor of 
astronomy at the University of 
Chicago, Dr. . Auguste Piccard who 
plans trips to the moon in rockets, 
The only thing. I know about ‘Trip 
To The Moon’ was Thompson & 
Dundy’s at Luna Park — it was dark 
and it Was a lot of fun. 

This ; guy Scully is educated, 
brother, he knows astronomy, 
science, mathematics arid has in- 
terviewed scientists with enough 
degrees after their names that 
look like the alphabet. 

The funny part: of it all is, I 
keep on reading arid get more in- 
terested ini this Flying Saucer busi^ 
ness. Variety mugg Scully sure 
knows his stuff. He gives you facts 
arid figures and through his expert 
writing makes ’em interesting 
(which is no mean feat). Scully is 
always interesting. (I adWays turn 
to his column in Variety the first 
thing right after I read my own) 
and it was iri his. Variety column 
that he started this Flying Saucer 
business . ; . . and from which many 
mags and Writers copied and 
copped. 

But here is a serious Scully. He 
means this; “it’s for real” with 
him. He is delightfully argumen- 
tative, he is visionary, fanciful and 
inventive. It’s a swell book that 
makes even a mugg like me 
THINK! Well. u Happy INTER- 
PLANETARY travel to you! 
But,, then, mebbe the whole 
thing’s a tongue-in-cheek exercise! 

P S. — And as for you, Dear Ed- 
itor, it Won’t hurt you to read this 
book and learn magnetics — it 
would help you pull out my stuff 
from the drawer you bury it in 
. . . SEZ r ■;,= _ 

Joe Laurie , Jr. 


James Bridie’s latest play, ’’Queen’s 
Comedy,” was preemed ; ’ ' j>y 'Glas- 
gow Citizens’ Theatre ..ttyq Ly- 
ceiimy arid the American, National 
Ballet Theatre opened at trip Etri- 
pire. The American ballet ap- 
peared before a distinguished au- 
dience, iricluding American Am- 
bassador to Britain, Lewis Douglas 
and his wife (he is guest of honor 
at the Festival) ; the Lord Provost 
of Edinburgh; Sir Andrew Murray ; 
the Duchess of Buccleuch; Secre- 
tary of State for Scotland, and the 
Douglas Fairbanks, who are proving 
top ambassadors here, ... The Amer- 
ican company performed three bal- 
lets, “Fall River Legend,’* “Fancy 
Free” arid George Balanchine’s 
“Theme and Variations,” to- the 
music of Tchaikovsky’s ; Third 
.Suite. 

Another world preem was staged 
Aug. 24, Glasgow Citizens* Theatre 
Company presenting Erie Linklat- 
er’s “The Atom Doctor,” with Scot- 
land’s ace legit actor Duncan Mac- 
rae starred in the title role. This 
company also will present “The 
Queen’s Comedy” and a revival of 
John Home’s Scotsboldie, “Doug- 
las,” 

Disney, Flaherty Fix on Program 

Besides the drama, ballet and 
music, there are film showings on 
Sundays and every morning. 
World preems were given “Our In- 
dia” (India) and “The Red Flower” 
(Yugoslavia). Walt Disney’s- “Seal 
Island” and Robert Flaherty’s “The 
3 ? i tan” follow -on-Aug. 27, together 
with “Kon-Tiki,” shot by a Nor- 
wegian expedition when it sailed 
from Peru to Tahiti. Britain’s top 
feature entry is “The Wooden 
Horse.” 

There are many sideshows, in- 
cluding one-act plays, concerts, 
Scottish dancing, art exhibitions, 
displays of tartan and Scottish 
relics and a puppet show. Vaude- 
ville is the only show branch, miss- 
ing, 

Old Vic Company’s ‘Fair’ 

The old historic Assembly Hall 
has the Old Vic Company’s produc- 
tion of the English oldie, “Bar- 
tholomew Fair,” first produced iri 
16 14. This costume-type pageant 
is from the pen of Ben Jonson. 
Cast is headed by Roger Livesey, 
Alec Glunes, Mark Dignam; Ursula 
Jeans, Heather Stannard and. Es- 
mond Knight. Still to come is the 
Grand Ballet de Monte Carlo, due 
in Aug. 26. 

Critics and broadcasters from 
many countries are here to cover 
the Festival. Top magazines of the 
World also are represented. 


CHATTER 

McCall’s magazine is opening a 
Holly wood office with Pete Dailey 
in charge. 

Mitch Woodbury, Toledo Blade 
film editor* interviewing names in 
Hollywood. 

MacKinlay Kantor left for Japan 
to join the Far Eastern Air Force 
as a war correspondent. 

Eva Perrick in Hollywood to 
round up a series of celebrity in- 
terviews for the London Express. 

Fred Sammis in Hollywood to 
gander the film situation as edi- 
torial director of Macfadden Pub- 
lications. 

Phil Scheuer is pinchhitting as 
motion picture -editor-ef -the-L. A, 


Hope-Par-NBC 

Continued from page 1 


Rogers Some time next spring. The 
other two Hope productions will 
be financed the same way. 

Paramount will put up $6,000,000 
for its own four Hope starrers, 
starting in November with “Pass- 
port to Cairo,” with the star work- 
ing on a profit-sharirig basis, un- 
derstood to be about 25%. This 
arrangement gives the actor an 
interest in each of the eight pic- 
tures. Hope’s productions will be 
made within three years. Mean- 
while, he will exercise approval of 
stories, directors and leading play- 
ers in Paramount’s four films. 

In the radio and TV fields, Hope 
Enterprises* will produce the shows 
and supply the talent While Hope, 
the actor, remains under exclusive 
contract to NBC in both media, 
With a clause permitting outside 
appearances as a guest star, His 
Chesterfield program next year 
Will be on radio only, with a TV 
setup coming later./ 

Complications between motion 
pictures and television will be 
straightened out by another clause 
which calls for a timing arrange- 
ment. It provides that Hope, the 
TV star, Will not make live video 
appearances in spots where Hope, 
the Paramount star, is on the 
screen in first-run theatres. In 
this way he won’t be competing 
with himself. 


+ ♦♦ » »♦♦»+♦♦♦♦♦♦ By Frank Scully >4 ♦ ♦ ♦ » ♦ ♦ < 

Hollywood, Sept. 1, 

Psychiatric glossaries and indices are uniformly lacking in terms 
beginning with the letter Y. The letters Q, W, X and Z are also rather 
sparsely settled outposts of minds in the muddling, 

So if you are determined to go crazy arid don’t,. w&nt to be classed 
among the ordinary run of screwballs, it would fee well to explore in 
these unfamiliar fields before settling down as the maddest genius of 
yoijr ;time. ; ' :. iA ,, , 

Dr. Will’. Menninger, prez of the Arrierican* Psychiatric Assn., who 
headquarters in,. ojPall places, Topejca, has been sitting. in on Hollywood 
productions now and then, his last peek being “The Haden Story.” This 
Was based t on the recovery of a Chicago mail carrier who went into 
blackout ?fotf 18 mofiths, committed 79 major , crimes ' and received the 
enviable billing from J, Edgar Hoover as “the most desperate criminal 
in the United States,” 

Ultimately clinked* Kaden got a transfer to the Illinois State Insane 
Asylum and underweiit 14 shock treatments to reunite his split per? 
soriality. This dramatic and frequently fruitless treatment worked so - 
well in Kaden’s case that he not only got a recovery but subsequently 
studied law and led a successful fight for his own freedom arid a par- 
don. This sort of rise is described under “yeasting” in Scully’s Psy- 
chiatric Word Book of Hollywood: 

Y . 

Y— Twenty-fifth letter in the English language which got In triers 
through the Greek upsilori and grew to “Why?”, a question no yes-man 
Iri Hollywood has dared ask since the rise of the film industry. In 
Anglo-Saxon literature it was confused with a thorn. In Hollywood it 
is identified with the Y-plot, which in turn is derived from a branch 
pipe used in pluriibing. / v 

Yacht-Complex— Met With among Hollywood bigshots, especially those 
who cannot manage their careers, their wives or their children, but feel 
they personally can handle a pleasure vessel large enough to go ’round . 
the world. •••' 

Yadil Symbol— Proprietary nime. for an antiseptic, deodorizer and 
bactericide. First used by a producer who believed by perfuming a 
theatre before a 'preview he could transform a stinker into another 
“Johnny Belinda.” 

Yah Symbol-Derived from barking like a dog when excited. Used 
by actors when the writers, run out of dialog in a fight Sequence. 

Yahoo— One of the imaginary race of brutes, described by Swift in 
Gulliver’s travels; model for leading characters in gangster pictures. 
Reached its lowest and most psychiatrically vicious form in James 
Cagney’s playing of “White Heat.” 

Yak— A ruminating bovine common to Tibet which was imported to 
support Milton Berle in “Always Leave Them Laughing.” 

Yakimoff’s Test— Method of telling whether a picture contained 
dangerous iiripurities by dipping the negative in atoxyl. It didn’t work 
out arid when the Legion of Decency moved in, Yakimoff was shipped 
back to the salt mines of Siberia. 

Yama— Derived from the provinces of Britain where the dialect was 
riiistaken for a continual whine. In the ZaSu Pitts syndrome of acting. 

Yap — (1) A worthless dog; (2) one of the Caroline Islands and (3) the 
muffled dialog of Herbert Marshall. 

Yarn — Any fibrous material, whether animal, mineral or vegetable 
whiqh eventually ends it days as a Hollywood original scripts 
Yawl— Iri old English it has the same meaning as yowl but in Holly- 
wood it is southern for “you-all,” which in turn is just a longer way of 
saying “you.” 

Yawning Reflex — Usually iriduced by bodily fatigue but stifled at . a 
preview lest an alerted spy report it to the front office and cause the 
firing of the character who did nothing to prevent the automatic open- 
ing of his lower jaw. Fear of this reflex has caused many^ -persons to 
Chew' gum and eventually drop all control and chew popcorn. 

Yazoo— A river in Mississippi which has a, delta from which have 
crawled characters like Bilbo, Rankin and Long to terrify Hollywood 
producers into knocking anything out of their pictures which would 
indicate in the least that the War Between the States had been lost by 
the south. 

Yea-ahd-Nay Test-^-Test to discover, how obedient one may be to the 
dictates of one’s superior, Characters seen walking down Hollywood 
Boulevard and, mumbling “No, no, no!” are yes-men taking compen- 
sating exercises prescribed by their psychiatrists. 

Yearning Symbol— A ceaseless desire for something* Starlets who 
believe that the way to get a mink coat in Hollywood is to live and . 
yearn. . 

Yeasting — Characterized by or provocative of agitation or expansion 
within a mass or group. Reached its zenith when Rudy Vallee was 
maharajah Of the Fleishmann Hour. 

Yelk Test— Sobriety test to discover if the character urider exam- 
ination can distinguish a Yelk from an Elk. 

Yellow-Back Delusion — Actors in soap operas who imagine they have 
a yellow streak down their backs. Derived from a popular, cheap 
novel — so called from the former practice of binding such books in 
yellow-board or paper covers. 

Yellows— A disease of cowards and peachtrees. They begin by being 
red-spotted prematurely arid turn yellow as soon as their redness is 
pointed out by a columnist who didn’t like his Christmas present. 

Yeomanic-Depressive — Derived from Yeoman who, in olden days was 
a freeholder, but in a modem navy is a petty officer whose tossing 
overboard always make a ship run better. In Hollywood when you call 
a man that you are expected to smile, lest you disturb his emotional 
balance beyond repair. 

Yerk — To tie with a jerk. Long seven-year contracts with short 
options.' ■* / 

Yerkes-Bridges Test — Just another one of those intelligence tests 
lifted: from the original routine of BinetrSimon. Chief difference was 
that If you said Harry Bridges wasn’t- a Communist, Yerkes flunked you, 
and if you said he Was; Bridges flunked you. c 

Yes arid No— A round game in which something is to be guessed with 
the help only of questions answerable by yes or no. Popular with 
associate producers, assistant directors, stand-ins and agents. 

Yew— (1) A medium-sized evergreen tree of lorig life. (2) The way a 
Budapest producer of the same Hollywood backstage musical for 12 
years spells “you.” 

Y-Guri Sign— Common to scriptwriters who are up against it and find 
themselves forced to resort to a gun with two firing arms mounted aft 
on a destroyer and used for discharging depth bombs against enemy 
submarines. What drives them crazy is that the front office decrees 
that to cut down expenses the whole thing must be done in miniature 
but with live actors. 

Yit— Hillbilly English in westerns for “yet.” When he graduates to 
“I’ll git you yit,” they let him study to be a moron. 
v Yodel— Derived frorii abrupt changes from chest to headtones and 
reverse. Originated among Swiss and Tyrolean mountaineers. Imported 
to Hollywood by producers on being Called before Congressional com- 
mittees rind asked quite frankly what they think they’re doing out there. 

Yoghourt Sign— Frequently seen during previews when a character 
reaches for a highball and the onlooker sees something that looks like 
curdled milk: Producer’s only consolation is that the picture at least 
wili do well in Bulgaria, where yoghourt is a national drink, 

Yoke— To attach by means of a yoke, as draft-animals are attached; 
to bring into bondage, to enslave. Those one-way contracts. Source of 
the risible, “Can’t you take a yoke?” 

Yule— Christmas time. In Hollywood the family name of Mickey 
Rooney, who has every reason to believe in Santa Claus. 


62 


CHATTER 


Wednesday, September 6, 1950 


Broadway 


Joe Roberts doing the rodeo 
publicity at Madison Square Gar- 
den. 

“I Remember Mama” radio cast 
birthday-surprised Carol Irwin 
last night (Tues.) at the House of 
Chan. 

Dave . Golding, 20th-Fox home- 
office publicity manager, flew to 
Europe Friday (1) for a two-week 
vacation. 

Bruno Maine, after 18 years with 
Radio City Music * ^Htill, opening 
own office to design sets for TV 
end legit. 

Yma Sumac, Peruvian prinia, 
inet by Eddie Cantor at the airport 
yesterday (Tues.); she’s On his new 
TV series. 

C. C; Philippe, Waldorf-Astoria 
major dornp, back tomorrow 
(Thurs.) " via Air France from a 
Paris holiday; gone a month. 

National Orchestral Assn, will 
celebrate its 20th anniversary this 
season. Leon Barzin has been mu- 
iical director since its start. 

The Fitzgeralds (Ed & Pegeen) 
mushed on down to Quebec in 
their Rolls and discovered they 
ghoulda stood in Hay Island. ; 

Kathryn Grayson back to the 
Coast after a short visit, during 
which she guested Sunday night 
(3> on the NBC symphony airer. 

Judy Garland given an ovation at 
the Capitol when she unexpectedly 
visited the house Monday night (4) 
to catch her picture, “Summer 
Stock.” 

Anthony Mann, Metro director, 
arrived from the Coast Saturday*! 
(2) and planed out for Rome the 
following day to join the “Quo 
Vadis” troupe. 

NX Variety Club tent in Hotel 
Astor wants Will Rogers phot 
graphs, letters and other memo- 
rabilia for a Will Rogers corner at 
the clubhouse. 

Dr. Peter Adler, NBC tele- 
vision’s musical director, trained 
to the Coast over the weekend to 
supervise the scoring on Metro's 
“Great Caruso.” 

Chez Cardinal, new east side 
restaurant opening tomorrow (7), 
operated by Nino Carjdinale, former 
owner of the Chez Jean, another 
east side eatery. 

Noel Meadow, indie foreign film 
distrib, due for discharge from 
Will Rogers Hosp. in Saranac 
Lake, N. Y„ and returns to New 
York around Sept. 15. 

Wall Streeter J. Arthur Warner, 
wk, in show biz, back from a 
Honolulu and Hollywood holiday, 
in between investing in a film 
studio While on the Coast. 

Jack Mclnerney, Paramount 
■theatre’s., ad-publicity chief, now 
recuperating in hospital from a 
heart attack, expects to be well 
enough to leave for home in about 
10 days. 

Barron Polan huddled with Wil- 
liam Morris agency g.m. Abe Last- 
fogel on the Coast, listening to 
latter’s bid for Polan to join the 
Morris office but deciding to re- 
main a solo 10%er. 

Marilyn Cantor, who did a “cast 
irig of the backers” audition for 
her new revue at the Harry Goulds’ 
Connecticut manse, kept papa 
Eddie away “because, after all, 
what could follow him?” 

Michael Gordon in New York 
this week shooting backgrounds 
for 20th-Fox as the first chore 
under his new seven-year direc 
torial pact with the studio. Lens- 
ing was on “I Can Get It for You 
Wholesale ■ 

A1 Daff , Universal-International 
executive veepee and foreign sales 
chief, returns to N. Y. from the 
Coast this week, and likely will 
stay at the homeoffice for about 
two months before going out on 
his next trip. 

Borrah Minevitch, longtime 
American-in-Paris-resident, flying 
oyer next week for several weeks 
on business attendant to TV films 
he produced in France, and the rer 
make sale of a film feature, “Jour 
de Fete,” which he produced 
abroad, with Jacques Tat.ti starred. 

The Eddie Cantors, having 
moved out of their large Roxbury 
Drive house, in Be.vhills, have taken 
a lease: on a Sutton Place apart- 
ment, bought a smaller house for 
daughter Edna on the . Coast, and 
will reside at the Beverly-Wilshire 
hotel when west. Indicating that 
the comedian’s TV and' other show 
biz activities will centre east^- 
for a year anyway. 


on his 50th birthday Sept. 18 with 
a testimonial dinner, 

Eric Johnston named to serve on 
jury of biz and professionalieaders 
due here in mid-September to pick 
winner of the 1950 industrial 
award. 

Fred S, Kogod, loCal exhibitor 
and head of Variety Club's Welfare 
‘Fund, dedicates a $5,000 x-ray 
machine in Children’s Hospital, 
donated by Club', this week. 



By Jerry Gaghan 

Austin Huhn, • WCAU-TV pro- 
ducer, is leaving for 1 a w post with 
NBC, in New York. . . : 

Accordionist’ Andy Arcari is 
forming a ' new publishing com- 
pany- — music strictly for accordion 
players. 

George Sharp, . who was in 
charge at the Walnut last year, is 
the new manager of the " Locust 
Theatre 

. Leland Hayward, just back from 
London, here for the opening of 
the National company of “Mister 
Roberts,” at Locust. 

Jack Mack has been made gen- 
eral supervisor of all comedy ma- 
terial and routines used on the 
I. Hirst hurley circuit. 

The Shuberts and Local 77 
(Musicians Union) have settled 
their differences. A crew of four 
men to play , entr’actes at straight 
plays was agreed upoh. 

The Nut Club will be the first 
of the spots to reopen after sum- 
mer shuttering, launching its new 
season Sept. 7 with Buddy Greco 
and Eddie Kiriley as co-headliners. 

Robert N. Pryor, v,p. in charge 
of public relations for WCAU, 
will chairman the mass meeting 
and Convention Hall rally to open 
the 1951 Community Chest cam- 
paign, NOv. 1. 

The Met, former Hammerstein 
opera house and now a fight arena, 
is being rebuilt following two 
fires* Owner Jimmy Toppi is plan- 
ning to put on vaudeville shows 
there as well as wrestling and 
boxing bouts. 


Rex Harrison and Lilli Palmer 
to Italy on vacation. 

-Larry Adler— and PauL Draper 


By Maxime de Beix 

(33 Blvd Montparnasse ) 

Elias Lapinere to Switzerland. 
Borrah , Minevitch back from 
Cannes. 

The Irving Tishmans getting 
ready to go home until next sea- 
son. 

Biarritz film festival is to include 
a Jean Genest short that is rated 
torrid. 

Lucette Caron to rep Sol Lesser 
in Paris on French product and 
TV material. 

The Sol Lessers hosting Erich 
Pommer at dinner just before 
heading for home. 

Gerry Mayer had to cut down 
his vacation from 14 to 4 days due 
to pressure of business here. 

Arthur Lesser back to see the 
new Roland Petit Ballet, then off 
to N. Y. to see them open there. 


open a,t the Empress club Qct. 11; 
four weeks with options. 

Kay Ballard out Of “Touch and 
Go” suffering from laryngitis, 
with Beryl Stevens subbing. 

Hannen Swaffer back from over 
two weeks in Copenhagen where 
he attended the national annual 
sports. 

A book adaptation was made by 
Hester W. Chapman of .Ivor 
N ovello’s musical play, “King' s 
Rhapsody.” 

J, Walter Thompsons acquired 
the Australian broadcasting rights; 
to Stanley French's “Young 
WivesV Tale.” 

Val Parnell signed Adele Dixon 
for principal-boy role in his Lon- 
don Palladium pantomime “Babes 
in the Woo d.” _ 

Ben Henry appointed chairman 
of the House Committee for the 
Variety Clubs of Great * Britain, 
replacing Larry Kent, resigned. 

Cinematograph Exhibitors Assn, 
announced that Sept. 10 is the 
date fixed by the treasury for in- 
creased prices at picture houses 
to go into effect. 

The final section of Gatti’s, once 
famous Bohemian restaurant in 
the Strand, has closed, being taken 
over by Charing Cross Hospital 
Medical School. 

After many years, the twice- 
nightly vaude house, the Hippo- 
drome, Golder’s Green, has aban- 
doned this policy to use plays and 
operas, one per bight* 

Arts Theatre Club staged re- 
vival of Somerset Maugham's 
“Home and Beauty” Aug. 31, di- 
rected by Roy Rich. Brenda Bruce 
had role created by Gladys Cooper 
in 1919. 

Nat Karson gets $1,400 for stag- 
ing the special show for the Royal 
Film Performance at the Empire 
Oct. 30. He has donated his fee 
to the Cinematograph Trade 
Benevolent Fund for which this 
special show is given annually. 

Michael Redgrave is to star in 
the film version of Terence Ratti- 
gan’s school play, “The Browning 
Version” in place of Eric Portman 
who created the original role. 
Anthony Asquith will direct the 
pic which starts shooting at Pine- 
wOod Sept. 11. 

The Bedford, Camden Town, 
which was bought by John Penrose 
and Pat Nye for presentation of 
new plays and revival of old 
meilers, closed during the summer 
because of bad business. Having 
lost over $11,000 on this project, 
it was decided to stage twice- 
nightly touring revues. 


engagement at Tlhambra Club, 
Cleveland. 

Sportscaster Joe Tuckers cele- 
brated their 15th weeding anni 
last week. 

Beverly Bennett, vocalist— with 
Maurice Spitalny’s band, lost her 
father last week. ■ 

Sam Handlesman and his wife 
Clippering out next week for vaca- 
tion in Bermuda. 

Duquesne University Tamburit- 
zans back after two-month concert 
tour of Yugoslavia. 

Francis Mayville, director of 
drama at Duquesne U, home after 
summering in Europe. 

The Lunts have been booked into 
the Nixon in "I Know My Love” 
Tor Thanksgiving week, 

Henry Ward, Press critic > mak- 
ing rounds for vacationing Kap 
Monahan, had his car stolen* 

, Fred Burleigh; Playhouse direc- 
tor, back on the job again after 
seeing Europe for two months* . 

Flock of lqcal newspapermen to 
Atlantic City Over Labor Day to 
catch break-in of “Ice-Capades*” 

Jackson Wboliey, Tec h drama 
graduate, appointed director of La 
Jolla, Cal., Community theatre for 
coming season. 

Danny Brown, p r o d u c e r of 
“Jewel Box Review” at Balconades, 
in Paris scouting new ideas for 
his female impersonators. 

Rosemary O’Reilly and Claire 
Hamel, local singers, doing leads 
in “Of Thee I Sing” at Mountain 
Playhouse in Jennerstown, 

Lois Sterner, formerly of danc- 
ing Sterner Sisters, in from Cali- 
fornia for visit with her mother. 
She and her sister, Jean, are both 
married and have retired. 




By Ken Frogley 

Rudy Vallee show breaking all 
records at El Rancho Vegas. 

Grandstand for Las Vegas Park 
racetrack now Under construction. 

Arthur Lake, Rhonda Fleming, 
Victor Mature, John Payne vaca- 
tioning here. 

Red Nichols and Five Pennies 
into Hotel Thunderbird along with 
Day, Dawn and Dusk. 

Long awaited Golden Slipper, a 
replica of life in the early west, 
newest attraction for tourists. Fea- 
tures Gay ’90s shows. 

Labor Day weekend jammed 
town, overflow being accommodat- 
ed in nearby towns of Boulder City 
arid Hertdersop. Nightclub tables 
were at a premium. 

Vic Damone, back at Flamingo 
for second successive engagement, 
also doing stints for local bobby- 
soxers at -Wildcat Lair, local teen- 
age recreation center. 


By Margaret Gardner 

Alan Curtis at the Carlton In 
Cannes. 

Jeap-Paul Sartre vacationing at 
Juan-les-Pins. 

Cannes celebrated 6th anni of 
its liberation oil Aug. 25. 

John Nathan, Paramount Euro- 
pean manager, vacationing at 
Juan-les-Pins. 

Genevieve Guitry by plane to 
Edinburgh for rehearsals of 
“Music at Midnight,” due to open 
in London this fall. 

Steve Crane subbing for wife, 
Mar tine Carol, at the Cannes 
world preem of her latest film, 
“Beware of Blondes,” shot in 
Cannes. 




By Florence S. Lowe 

Stanley Kramer due in next 
Monday (11) to tub thump for “The 
Men.” 

Nathan Morris Shor, booker for 
Equity Filttis, joined local Variety 
Club tent. 

Xavier Ciigat troupe will un- 
shutter the newly decorated Statler 
Hotel .Embassy Room, Sept. 18. 

Frank Boucher, manager of the 
K-B chain of nabes, being feted 


By Humphrey poulens 

Noel Coward here for holiday 
weekend. 

Mrs. William Anthony McGuire 
to N, Y. for television appearances. 

Hermione Gingold, here from 
London, took a bow between acts 
at final night of Melody Fair. 

Don Glenn, longtime in Country 
Playhouse boxoffice, new house 
manager at Shubert, New Haven. 

Lily Pons and Andre Kostelanetz 
expected at their Silvermine home 
next week after summer in 
Europe. ; 

Bobby Sherwood Substituted for 
ailing Skitch Henderson at Sun- 
day night stand (3) of Henderson’s 
band at Pleasure Beach. 

Horace MacMahon, John Tyers 
and Marcella Howard heading up 
professional talent for Norwalk's 
community sendoff for 43d Na 


Nini Marshall to Mexico and 
Spain On film chores. 

Marian Anderson in Buenos 
Aires for three Colon Opera con- 
certs. 

Cinematografica Interamericana 
inked director Daniel Tiriayre for 
two pix. 

Pianist Alexander Brailowsky 
does two broadcasts over Belgrano 
web with General Electric bank 
rolling. 

Armando Bo to Italy to roll 
sequences for picture on career of 
Argentina’s auto racing champ 
Juan Miguel Fangio; 

Soprano Hilde Reggiani and 
tenor Bruno Landi of Colon thea- 
tre cast signed by Swift. Argentina 
for nine broadcasts on Belgrano 
web. 



By Hal Cohen 

Variety Club resuming its week- 
ly Friday Family Nights on Sept! 8. 

Perry Nathans back from vaca- 
tion in Colorado Springs and Den- 
ver., 

Stanley Kramer and Petty Girls 
with Janis Carter hitting town this 
week. 

“Goodbye, My Fancy” will open 
Playhouse’s 17th season early in 
October. 

Grace Price to Minneapolis for 
convention of children’s theatre 


tional Guard Division, at Roton directors. 

Point Park (7). 1 Jackie Heller set for two-week 


By Les Rees 

Eddie Russell, comedian, open- 
ing booking agency.__ M . 

Pat O’Brien at Hotel Nicollet 
Terrace with Phil Silvers set to 
follow. 

John Sebastion iqto Hotel Radis- 
son Flame Roqm for return en- 
gagement! ^ 

Edyth Bush Little Theatre hold- 
ing over “Polly With Past” for 
second week. 

Cheri Barton at Heinie’s nitery. 
Trocadero bistro has Art Kaye, 
Jack Rose Trio and Mary Lou. 

Sally Holladay to- handle pub- 
licity for University of Minnesota 
Theatre’s two touring attractions. 

Milton Berle and Frank Sinatra 
in person, head first national 
Fashion Show at Auditorium here 
Sept. 5-7. 

Bonnie Baker, here with Royal 
American Shows at Minnesota 
State Fair, to go into Chicago TV 
show following her present tour. 

“South Pacific,” set ror St. Paul 
Auditorium Oct. 30-Nov. 1, already 
being advertised in newspapers 
and accepting mail orders with 
$4.80 top. V 

Opening of Lyceum roadshow 
season set forward as result of 
penciling in of “Lend an Ear” 
week of Sept. 18. Return engage- 
ment of “Death of Salesman” and 
“South Pacific,” also set, latter for 
10 days starting Nov. 2. 



Lou Costello in from Europe. 

Dore Schary celebrated a birth- 
day, 

Alfred Hitchcock returned from 
N, Y. 

Scott Dunlap hospitalized for a 
checkup. 

Sylvia Kaye recovering from ap- 
pendectomy. 

Jimmy Saphier returned from a 
Honolulu siesta. 

Irene Dunne in town after four 
months in England. 

Eve Arden aired in from N, Y. 
to resume film work* 

Pat O’Brien to Minneapolis for 
a personal appearance. 

Julius Tannens celebrated their 
50th wedding anniversary. 

Milt Grossman , ankled Famous 
Artists to open his own agency. 

Joan Evans in town after eight 
weeks of personal appearances. 

Thornton Delehanty in town as 
guest of the Nunnally Johnsons. 

Joe Newman in town after eight 
months of film directing in Europe. 

Hollywood was practically de- 
serted over the long holiday week- 
end. 

Oscar Mdsick left his job at. 
RKO for his third hitch in the 
Army. 

Bob Hope off again, this time, 
to put on a show at the Minnesota 
State Fair. 

. Maureen O’Hara heading for 
Australia to play the femme star 
in “Kangaroo.” 

Martha Vickers withdrew from 
the title role in “Bandit Queen’* 
on doctor’s orders. . 

Robert Young received an award- 
of-merit plaque from the Inter- 
state' Theatre Circuit. 

Walter Wanger talked before the 
Los Angeles Press Club on the 
anti-communist, campaign. 

“^Maury 'Foladare-appoirfted^Char«= 
lotte Klein to handle ttte N. Y. 
branch of« his publicity office. 

Johnny Green tossed a lunch- 
eon for Andre Previn who is leav- 
ing Metro to serve Uncle Sam. 

Sid Rogell presented with a spe- 
cial award for his work in behalf 
of the United Jewish Welfare 
Fund. 

Erwin Gelsey succeeded George 
Willner as head of the literary de- 
partment for the Nat GoldstOne 
Agency, 

Fred L. Metzler explained the n 
functions of the Motion Picture 
Academy of Arts and Sciences in 
a lecture at the Beverly Hills Ex- 
change Club. 

Collection of autographed photos 
of oldtime stars was bequeathed to 
the Academy of Motion Picture 
Arts and Sciences by the late 
Georges Jomier. 


Vienna 


By Emil W. Maass 
Willi Forst wrote the story for 
his next pic, “The Sinner.” 

Austrian Institute of Culture 
will hold a festival Nov. 19-25. 

Otto Storm, 77, one-time famous 
operetta tenor, died here recdritly. 

Hilde Gueden, state opera 
singer, iriked for U. S. tour in 
spring 1951. 

Paul Hoerbiger inked for Thier- 
see Studio production, “The Devil 
Shall Get You.” 

Luis Treriker, film director, 
plans to go to Argentine for a 
Italo-German production, 

Film comic Hans Moser awarded 
honorary ring of city of Vienna on 
occasion of his 70th birthday* 

. Burg . theafre accepted Carl 
Zuckmayer’s latest play “Song in 
Gas Chamber.” It is a resistance 


Reno 

By Mark Curtis 

Andrews Sisters at Tahoe Vil- 
i lage. 

Denise Darcel booked next at 
Golden. 

Fire House Five Plus Two back 
for Reno’s “Horseless Carriage 
Caravan.” 

Nat Brandwynne’s orch will 
finish out summer in Mapes hotel 
Sky Room. 

Sari Fraricisco columnist Herb 
Caen, in town and at Lake Tahoe 
while on vacash. 

Helen Grayco, Spike Jones’ wife, 
pacted with London Records While 
band was at Cal Neva. 

Madelyn Flo Rito divorced band- 
leader Ted Fio Rito after 15 years 
of marriage. 


Annie Maier of Ihsel theatre 
signed by M. Briskin for a role 
in “The Magic Face,” being pro- 
duced in Sievering studio. 

Bucks County, Pa. 

Ilka Chase’s spouse, T)r. Norton 
Browri, in to catch her in “Good- 
bye My Fancy” at Playhouse. 

Abe Burrows down to Work 
over weekend With George Kauf- 
man. Readying ‘‘Guys and Dolls” 
book. 

Edward Ludlum in from Ivory- 
ton, Conn, last week as advance 
director for Brian Aherne at New 
Hope. ; 

Oscar Hairimersteln’s wife toss- 
ing fashion show at her Doyles- 
town home as benefit for Pearl 
Buck’s international orphanage 
Sept. 20. 

Matthew Smith in from Ma- 
tunick, R. I., Sept. 5 for “Dream 
Girl” . rehearsals at New Hope. 
Jean Parker starring in Elmer 
Rice comedy* 


By Lary Solloway 

Kirby Stone quintet held over at 
Clover Club. 

U. of Miami building a $100,000 
Ring theatre. 

Dixie . t h e a t r e in heart of 
Miami, now playing vaude four 
days weekly. 

Clubs and hotel-cafe shows com- 
pletely off Labor Day weekend, 
due to “m i n o r” hurricane arid 
squally weather* 

Martha Raye close d at Five 
O’clock Club Tuesday (5). Lenny 
Kent holds over with Johnny Coy, 
Jack Prince and Juanita Juarez 
added. If biz continues good, spot 
will remain open. 



By Joe W. Walker 
Joe E. Lewis closed, at 500 Club 
Sunday night (3). 

Burlesque! folded at the Globe 
Sunday (3) after successful season. 




‘Ice-Capades” shuttered on Sun- 
day night after six weeks run at 
Convention hall. 

Luxury tax take off $88,000 for 
year so fat. City gets about $1,- 
500,000 annually from 3% levy. 

Take at A, C. racetfak behind 
1949 meeting' with drop of 25,000 
in attendance and $298,000 at 
mutuels. 


VARIETY 


— — ■ . ■ | day with cloak and sword and clas- 

|| n ■ sical* repertoire, who rarely had 

House Reviews ass iss's OBITUARIES 

L— rnnHnnA^ f ro?n p acc M _ declaimed while the resident com- 

^ ■ mt •«r ; f pahy grouped themselves in a 

niranu 9 !%• V. I star delivers with a telling song rough semicircle, preferably down- • 

lyn & Hodges hit a nice stride with ? es h a ? well. Selection from “Carr stage, and tried to throw him \he PAN S. GROESBECK made her first stage Appearance at 

their comedy dancing. They do not men Jones" reveals a fine; throaty right , cues. Inevitably the stars Pan Sayre Groesbeck, 71, mural- the age of 5 and was a central 

«>An/4i1ii> fVwitr. nfl+ivii a VOPfll mmllfv OnH- 'cmarf Atianao nf 4.ti :i 11 J j 1 i icf ahrl mrtfirtn P| rti/>fnra clrafnh 1T.iii*i^noQn claw ftafnW ' nnminrt fn 


Casino, Toronto real so< 
tr « x ■ Toronto, Sept. 1. organ b 

Kay Starr, Don Henry Trio, and of c 
Barr & Estes, Billy Kelly, Bob to wind 
Goodman, Naomi Irwin , Mdvmo~ ■ Biz bf 
Ehla, Charles Gregory Girls (T8) , 

Archie Stone House Orch; “Secret 
Agent of : Japan” ( 20th) * 


a rwllv touaRbne is^ aS lasted untU the Erlanger* ,0** ^ Ari JnstK - “ EDWARD WE?SSBURG 

the Harrnohicats who smark out a Shuberts moved in and*, piit * tKei a Movme *1^ .H^lvwood about 25 Edward^ Weissburg.. • 74, screen 
■ s ™* out * whole thine oh a bie busftmL basis. f 5 actor, died of a heart attack Aug. 


Biz big: 


BUrm, 


EarIe,Pliilly 

Philadelphia, Sept. 1. 
Loilis . Armstrong Orch (6) , 


With a heavv maroiieo annual _ i^ouis . Armsirona urcn 
to the younger elemei^t Kav Sta?r Sarah Vaughan; Manton Moreland , Pallas and Dennis, may be able to ^amsm 
b »SS e Stte 1 S Earl Bros.; "Bunco Squad" (RKOh carry the sUnd ? rd of the commu- survives 


circuit, with its fhcreasin^^nancMl inig pre-production scenes for films. Herbert EJ, Heindl, ^ 51, tech- 
and artistic importance!’, la' the* road He fifst worked with DeMille on ?• 1 52 . Universal-International 
of today, and the same inexorable ‘‘The Volga Boatman” and later on i 01 *, 2 ; y ea £2* “ied of a heart at- 

forces are being brought to .bear On “The Ten Commandments"' “Thb * c $- u ®‘ while working at the 

it. Certain remote and well-organ- Crusaders/’ “The Buccaneer” and stliai<v 

ized playhouses, such as Pasadena, others, His last Work was on e/v 7“ * * _ . ^ 

Dallas and Dennis. mav be able to 'Samson and Delilah." His wife. .. /Wife, §0, of Dr. John A. _ D_yer, 


is jamming them into the Casino 
this week. Notable is the full-stage 


onenina with the Charles Gregor v Boms Armstrong s infectious do so, but for the rest the old law' v c V r m nhn Jr nn t i a r» 

opening, wun gie Ynaries Gregory Dei ; SO nalitv hi< ev^-readv rornpt annltes that thprp is nn substitute Symona Boniface, 56, character Mother, 70, of Judy Canova, film- v 

girls on for a Roaring ’20s routine, h JJF'-Sf *1° s # UDstl „ u ;t actress, died, at the motion picture radio star, died Aug. 30 in Bur- ; 

complete with youthful exuberance $? d *c C ^iraiYvm i0T A talent • No amonut of earnest country hospital, Hollywood, bank, Cal., after a heart attack, 
and energy that df, with its exag- s ” endeavor can replace the rare flow- Sept. 2. She was the daughter of —_:■■■ 

gerations, did not authentically cap- here Iff™®* „? a _b^ oz . e » st^e ef of stellar quality, no Equity reg- thespers George C. Boniface, and Mrc bn uri ,w 

ture the spirit of the era, was spec- ' -'Mla^ows. ' can provide the drawing Nona Fernerf and starred on ' ■ . 

tacular enough to warrant the line fiends mu- power of a Lawrence, a Hayes, a Broadway in ’20’s in “Woman on lnte actor, died in Neenah, 

being brought back for an encore n J?!?IFiir c £Fl e< |.vL 52^ Cornell, an Olivier or an Evans, the Jury." Prior to that she was Wise:, Aug. 30. 

of the furiously-paced Charleston Everything should contributed the for many years with Henry Duffy 

finale. With Bob Goodman a? sing- attenaance^^ 1 1 _ was^away on. . encouragement and development of Players in San Francisco and Los M A PR I AnF<t 

ing m.ci in blazer, strawhat and *£rj{\. V“ y . f*£S s stars whose ability and personality Angeles. Also wrote and produced mftivni/vuto 

white pants, opening production sUm hou^e® butll waf surnrise^o wiu draw the public ’ into Our many plays including "The Viper's Margaret, Sullavan to Kenneth 

number was repeatedly punctuated ri;/ o • s surprise to 4 .u ea * res Fang which ran m Los Angeles Arthur Waggs, New York, Aug. 

with applause.. As the flapper- chorus the ina na g e rnent, since Sarah .. * > / / . last year; She also appeared in a Bride is an actress; he’s a Lon- 


nity theatre, if they really desire to 


SYMONA BONIFACE 
Symoria Boniface, 56, character 


*Wife» 50, of Dr. John A. Dyer,: 
owner of station WQES, died in 
Chicago last week. 

V- >; . lta -r'\. 

Mother, 70, of Judy Canova, film- 


xvijr oviv, me. ftina uabft win* n _j t,. w j ,1 .« <ho;U 04. a . a ,, .■ ., iiuouaiiu, nviu 

“Has Anybody Seen My Gal M and and band kick off with 12th St. tate operators” my suggestion Sims/ survives, 
the inevitable leg and arm swing- „ a §. and Satchmo s never Intel- would be that each engage: a star, — 

ing routines leading into smash . but always understandable with as good a company as pos- FRANK i 


FRANK GRAHAM 


Charleston finish. 


Lucy Seibert to David Crantz, 
Pittsburgh, Aug. 30. He’s press- 
agent for the Pittsburgh Playhouse. 

Adele Moss to Manny Herbstman, 
New York, Sept. 1. Bride is in 


dialog is continually on the mike, gible; that careful preparation b (5 Frank Graham, 35, radio An- Samuel Goldwyn N. Y. office; he’s 


Don Henry Trio follows with bar - 1 ^*l ce the , gravel-voiced maestro giy en to a production, and that nouncer, died in Hollywood Sept, with Motion Picture Daily. 

.• 4U a 1 • am dCtS dS G1HG6G. fx - * i _• • . -X % ■ i ■ * _ Gx li. O T^AI 4 AA aK A%in aI Tv • 1 • ^r.^. ' ' „ x 


• ■ wiav fTiwii uoi. - Q/fcfc *% c nm nan ■ 

monicantics, with an outstanding • A “ j Aoe „. f u nrl 

“Sabre Song’ notable for its tri- *. t® j! 1 ® s bPW* 

umvirate diapason effects, and however, TTombonist Jack Teagar- 
ihen flip hnvg intn “fit T.niiic ^ right along with him, and 


after playing the home ,base it 2. Police characterized ^ death Lillian Heymann 


A iminlu.rnL^ Jaamm^ 1ia«*4Ua a/.. auua uiajiiia me iiuiuc u y*/ wv : -- — — uunaii ii^yiuaAiii tu . Arthur 

should then tour the bthettheatres a? possible suicide. He bad been Kfejn, Beverly Hills, Aug. 18. He’s 

p e £ ort 8 S eff ^Sn.Heb^' i 

they dual to wonderful effect on a r° a u^ ^ anqtner piay couia ^ pernaps pe • . rnlty _x chnws was to . ^etaa. _ . scnumann neinK t 


PifiPs’» t ^d b °qwni5Si°PivA t > tfiey dual to wonderful effect on a «mu A iici i,ciiia F D uc - t Colgate shows. He was to A «l plua "■ ■V C ,V M V r l , w 

xuues . ana owanee Kiyer tor a , * vnrai * 4 oih Pnoirin* prepared, so that the company u 3 cbZ-j,.. ro\ Arthur Wilmurt, La Jolla, Cal, 

terrific response climaxed % their C ^y al Co ^ tea^ lo^e * or might appear twice in a season' at- Y cbs ? sertlV S ^ Aug. 31. Bride’s a grand-daughter 

mouthorTan k ior a sobd^eSf ■» ^S’TndE^ 1 ^ withal its^wn theatre. ; , . ^hie^he^was' sUixed® He”’ fiAt 1 ^^^i^bf^d 

Riilv^ ^sooros^ Hines is spotted nicely ' With a key- Won’t you adopt my suggestion attracted attention in radio be- S a ^^ ] 


they dual to wonderful effect on a 


Zelda Schumann - Heink 


Billy Kelly scores on zany chatter tfSTS a«ract< 

nnH his gntiMnii Han^ man Aar board blues-boogie (solo piano and and canvas the stars? I feel sure cause « 

bons. Second half has line back interested Was kn. 

for a Spanish fan number, with SS in the result Brian Aherne. voices” 

Maimo Ehla on for a neat aero- ? fw SS n iH fr ^" 1 11 111 111 1 ' 1 """ I fi i n )i S ’; r 

batic specialty, and leading into. .1 ■■ a i. I 

Barr and Este^; ‘••«cdenM-c--daii^^ AWII PllUllFO l i Warne] 


? and associate professor at Carnegie 

cause of his flexible talent, and t 3 Ufcv.,,v*rtV» 


■joaiji niiu . cuu trrLua u muixtjc - .. v . , .. 

tempo eccentric k plu? P hU ^adpSi appearance and assurance with 
*nd P rubberlegs P activities, socks ^ 


ILGWU Culture 

• • • • v 

Continued from page 1 


was known as" ‘‘man With thousand Tech Drama School in Pittsburgh, 
voices” and narrator oil many Ruth Mansfield to George^ Calla- 
films, his multiple voices being han III, Pittsburgh, Aug. 19. He’s 
used in animated films at Disney, with Exhibitors Service in Pitt. 
Warners and Metro. Clare Krumenacker to Thomas J. 

' — Tucker, Pittsburgh, Aug. 15. Bride 

VERNE W. (DICK) QUINLAN i§ daughter of Paul Krumenacker, 
Verne W. (Dick) Quinlan, 53, WB exchange manager in Pitt, 
saxophonist and orch leader, died Eleanor Sanner to Wesley R, 


over; but team scores even’greater Z te . ra if s ’ which loses saxophonist and orch leader, died Eleanor Sanner to Wesley__ R. 

applause with their ballroom bur- ‘ r ^°L ia A s It® ., ha , abou ‘ weekly bn every union Au& 30 ,n Cincinnati. His musical Lund, Pittsburgh, Aug 21. Hes. 

lcsaue and niftv soft-shoe eccen- P, opi 3J ar a ^r r It L j V S member it houses (portion of the career covered 25 years. His Dick son of Jesse Lund, Aliquippa, pa., 

tries y the Guy and You re All I Need. deficit j s ma( j e up by non-union Quinlan’s Gold Derby band was on city manager for Alpenn Theatre 

Foregoing, of course, had every- w c ^rh^iYv^rlpniM fipi 6 wfth ^ members) h^ a major booking t 9 ur and played Cincinnati mte- Corp. 

thing warmed up for Miss Starr, Sf/if Ma t ( H? 1 ’ 1 ' y «‘r^nvpr d thT t Wat.er^ Problem in getting together its va- ries. He was a veteran ^of World Helen Howick Rich to James G. 

for whom everybody had been wait- f «nnn *t C RGni amp » M?s«; riety shows. One of the problems War I and m ., r ® c 1 ^ 1 t li ^ e 1 S?c^ rn & Balr b er * Jr., Pittsburgh, Aug. 12 

ing and who was greeted belSUing Herman Fialkoff, who for the Wilhs Music Co., H e ' s . . SO n of general manager of 

cheers and woU whistles .'as ■ soon dfstfncuve^ ^ stvle but- on”^ theatre Sets the shows out of New York, j sons two Ha T "is Apius. Co. in Pitt., ^ 

tnmaS ^^e isi^Ut/Sy^h^ is thhfactm daSgK? mStiw k^wh N ^ a ^ ll ^ e S ^^-oom 

singing voice and come-to-mamma. v a i friok' tru. much to cet : obvi- gram must have at least one Negro 6 incw iotk, oepc. o. Groom , is 

style, s he gives, them “I Want to ^^^^roS^ ^oSer act, none of ihe turns can repeat erS ‘ e?s Cbn?act Sy w V 

^ Lov ® d and V 1 ?, 11 * } tions of the audience. during any given season, and only : . PAUt LONGO 6 S DonnaADland to Thomas Allen 

famous ■ Lonesomest Gal in Town^ Two other acts are on the bill. 10%"bf the turns that appeared the Paul Longo, 39, died in Boston r as Veeas P Auc 29 Bride is a 

n?h#»r nnmhItQ 0 U nflr^nfar?v* *‘Met The Earl Bros, get deserved laughs year before can be shown again. Aug. 29 as result of burns received sec fetaiy at RKO. 

Other, numbers ^ particularly . Met f nri .flip hnmrirniifi fltmroaeh to a Doocnn fnr fho laffpr is that, t.hp v,rVi<xn artminiefratinn hnildinff ' ru i -ii- i> - _ i- m - J n 


t, none ui w? ^uina — . - r e Contact Emolovees Drexv 

Ting any given season and only . PAUfr LONGO Donna Apland to Thomas Allen, 

%\i the turns that appeared the Paul Longo, 39, died in Boston Las Vegas, Aug. 29. Bride is a 
ar before can be shown again. Aug. 29 as result of burns received seC r e tary at RKO. 

Reason for the latter is that the when the; administration building Charlotte Keane to Ted Pearson. 

4^ ««wv ■ . x _ 1* --l! v 1 M * t* i. * /r \ . T\ m 1..a Tm 1L aa4v>a . lB ’ j - . - * 


the Mari T Love” contributes' i w - if. w ‘. v wueu uic, • «uuumi?u * gv*y»* unanotte Keane to/L'ea Pearson, 

further to the freniv w?th ^shmlr handbalahclng * outine^ especially ilgwu roster of vacationers is 0 f his, Jttedfortl' .DnveJn. . thwtre. . Hollywood, --AVg.- 30. Bride is * 
finally beesine off Buslness^ ^ ter- tlreir eloBe, a ^burlesque OTestling^ practically the same every year, was leveled by explosion of gas ra dj 0 actress; he’s an announcer. 
?Wc and mav break house record. •™^.;And;^ton McmsJvX The y tannot „ e f ed stv , ff that’s too heater, AUg. 20. .. Jill- Kraft to Lou Morheim, Los 

McStay Birmingham of the filrn?,, couples familiar; Another difficulty in this In addition to owning and oper- Angeles, Aug. 27. He’s a screen, 
■- • B ’ okay patter with some bright dance booldng ls the fac t that the camp atmg the drive-in, writer. 

•mm » foolery. Gagh. . f i,rif hin fhA rirciiif of moun- operated a real estate business m Jacailelvn Ross to Barre Schlaes. 


Hippodrome, Balto 

Yvonne DeCarlo, Harmonicats D A homo I outside acts ’ ^ hus v per W^ e , s 5 " Survived by wife, son, and 

( 3 ), The Kemmy$ 12), Tommy DlTdlt ftnCrilv I not pick up the extra coin by dou-. 

Hanlon, Jr. (2); The Weavers (4), --a— i J| bling. m , x' — • 

Jo Lombardi House Orch (12); — = Continued from page 1 ,, Lotsa Name Talent NOEL P. POEPPING 

"Peggy” (U). assured me that managers were be- Withal, Fialkoff has been able Noel P. Poepping, 85, bandmas- 

— coming strongly opposed to pack- to obtain name entertainment for ter and composer, died in St. Louis 

This combination builds to. one ages and demanding that stars ap- the spot and this season’s roster Aug. 25 from injuries suffered in 

of the most potent stage shows pear with their resident companies, of acts includes Buck & Bubbles, a fall at his home there. ■ 

played here in some time. It has and j fgft this was an understand- Diane Courtney, Myron Cohen, Poepping, was bassoon player in 

considerable name power that re- a hi#» attitude Larry Storch, Beatrice Kraft, De the St. Louis symph orch for 33 

n „ 44._-ir . _4. 4.1__ U _ J 4U/»i.nlo 901C ttiumup. , _ rr .1V._1.1_ ...... T« lOOl Vim Mrrrrto fVio milClP. 


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the spot and this season’s roster Aug. 25 from injuries suffered in RIRTHS 

of acts includes Buck & Bubbles, a fall at his home there. / , „ , *" I1X , , 

Diane Courtney, Myron Cohen, Poepping, was bassoon player in Mr v .and Mrs. Charles Lede^rer, 
Larry Storch, Beatrice Kraft, De the St. Louis symph orch for 33 .son, Hollywood, Aug. 27. Mother 
Mattiazzis, Gus Van, Martin Bros., years. In 1924 he wrote, the. rmisij s Anner Shir^ actress; father 


HELOISE LENETSKA 


fleets itself at the b.o. and there’s As a result of my experiences in Mattiazzis, Gus Van, Martin Bros., years. In 1924 he wrote the music is Anne^ &niriey, actress, ratner 
a load of solid entertainment and .. . tw0 seasons however, I Winik & Mae, Norman Atkins, for “The Beggar Princess, which is Martin *hn 

burtain^Backe^u^ hybolid rnusical would emphatically kvise any star Church A Hale. Roy Dougte Fred was produced by Santa Mon ifa. Aug. 28 Mother is 

sunnnrt fram- Tn^ ^Pmbirdl and his who contemplates playing the & Susan Barry, Helene & Howard, Theatre _A|sn. A son ana wo C yd Gharisse; actress; father is the 

house^hrch^roughf'brf stagb fob summer circuit to take a complete Amazing Mr. Ballantine, Larry daughters survive^ singer. ; ; „ , 

tl?^ S ri.ii?t^ C it.’s'^l croo^v stuff. package deal, rehearse it thorough- Brooks and others. HELOISE LENETSKA Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Rapf, son, 

Tommy Hanlon Jr., youthful ly in advance, and have a compe- In addition to these Saturday Heloise Lerietska, 44, theatre and Hollywood, Aug. 25/ ^ther ^ an 
COmie weaves in and out in emcee terit stage manager ahead to see Night Variety shows, resort runs rad | 0 . agent, died of coronary assistant producer at Metro. . 

chore’ and a slot on his own, all that everything is^ P r ?P e rly ar- legit shows cyery ^ d ^ occlusion in New York, Sept 1. Mr/_and Mrs. ^George Rock, 

tied together with a funny running ranged. The. plain fact nr that the iM 8 ....two nighte, of mwg •; •UMtAarjws'fpr m|ny..yeare.: |b«^ter,., 

gag which builds to the finale for “resident company”, is— at least in and provides classical concerts with assoc i ate d. , ; with her husband, f baSd 1 tr P ’ ” S • 

a solid topper. The Keihmys, man my experiehce— a myth. Occa- a house crew headed by Leon Van Harry, in the operation^ of the Jones Dana. 

and woman, handbalancers and cinnaiiv rine finds an actor or two Gelder. _ • . ^ . Harry Lenetska Agency. Recently 


curtain. Backed up by solid musical in1avinff the fiiKan Barrv Helene & Howard, Theatre Assn. A 

the stint, it’s alLgroovey stuff. , package^ deal, rehearse it thoroiigh- Broplm ai }^ 0 ° th f^* th ge Saturday HELOISE LI 

Tommy Hanlon, Jr„ youthful ly in advance, and have a compe- _ f n addition » ^ ;. Heloise Lerietska 


a solid topper. The Keihmys, man my experiehce— a myth, Occa- a house crew headeq oy L.eon van Harry, m the operation ^ot tne 
and woman, handbalancers and s i 0 nally bne finds an actor or two Gelder. . , . , i,;,- Har], y 

knockabout artists, open smartly, atta ched to the playhouse, but gen- In addition, the : booking of this she has been m the hotel supply <w:drtw 9 PreDDed 

after which TlA Weavers, quartet a r l „ n \ h majority are jobbed, and camp becomes more difficult be- business. , , „ i 4 ontfMpr W lUDW, irieppeu 

of self-accompanying warblers, ® a ch week the star ‘is bombarded cause of the fact that many union Survived by- husband, daughter For College ClTCUlt 

with a growing rep built on ^click t i. e managers ahead Ayith tele- execs as well as the camp’s man- and sister, . ^ Chicago Sent 15 

of “Goodnight, Irene/’ an ^ , J ze " prams asking for casting sugges- ager, Alfred Taxin, continually iriiiM Christian Charles Blak * Producer of Mu* 

^ «ons. S 8 S The g wS*end is day%rid eL» eluh-date .^bccaureof theh; ^ ^«f st and 

Se Hani 6 ^'^io\^ S with' gbod mSe- night toil, confusion and exhaus, atte n da ^e , screen actor, died Aug. 29 in Hoi- Fair, is setting a college tour of 

rial 1 built ^ ^ardUnd' "an attempt at tion, and the result inadequate and tions. Fre ^ u f, n ^ y ^®^ es ^ a ^^?^ lywood. For a number of years he either “The Merry Widow” or “Of 

decapitation of an audience stooge, disappointing. Therefore, to the for shatte th ® played with stock companies m the The e I Sing,” with full two-hour 

and keieps the customers laughing stars I say again-— if your name ^ alr T ^ ad J ddi ?^ n bU va ca ^ at this midwest, . later moving^ to Cali- versions, instead of the hour tabloid 

stfeadily. Cute femme helps dress to go up the marqee, take a pack- In -addition. va ^ at n l ^ e ^ « forma where^ he divided his time. versio ns presented here* Tour, 

up turn and the entire act is a re- a ge, and nothing less. resort get the chance th- Famtf between motion pictures and the starting Oct. 1, will take 10 weeks 

freshing addition to the current past Standards Jn productions built at the _ cai hP» Pasadena Playhouse. i n the south and then west, with 

list of comics which ls beginning To my good friends the managers These revues art used later in vari- Surviving is his. wife, Dorothy p rospec ts of the musicals— doing— 

to wear at the fringes With the j would say,, look backward. Re* pus towns^ to ra l^® d>vu p -? Vernon Christi an. some nlteries afterwards. 

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and sister. 


JOHN CHRISTIAN 


IU WCdl di ' LI 4 C * 4 U» 6 V 0 ” , 1 WOUia XKJun. : 7 "- * , Ptioef V“ ■ — SOIIIC llliciico duw waiua. 

oft-repeated nitery and borscht belt gard the- history of the theatre, the Red Cross, ai g® st TnFKF AC AY seKELY Blake leels that the venture Will 

familiars. Remember how the old stock com- and March PL Himes ^campaigns. IRE I^,^c^iv?tR E across- succeed, claiming that the greatest 

Yvonne DeCarlo is a fiim name . were forced to take advan- The ILGWU- educational dept, be- Irene Agay Sekely, 36, untouched theatrical audience is in 

that carries her full weight in the P* 0 f the drawing power of visit- lieves that its showbusmess aspects wife of producer ^’briof the college field on an off-beaten 

entertainment department as well. Thrigirnts of the past create goodwill in the community in (Hollywood, Sept 2 after a- ' 

w e Vartors T who«ed M . Mori-rtri which they’re preserited. Ulnc S , Bore m Ilungary. she I track. 


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Nightclub operators throughout 
the country: predict the coming 
season will be one of the best 
since the lush wartime years and 
probably reach the high grosses 
that were registered during 1946- 
47, conceded to be the best in his- 
tory of cafes. The industry that 
has opened since the start of 
the Korean war, has apparently 
pumped fresh coin into the enter- 
tainment industry, and patrons 
seem to be stepping " out with 
nearly the same frequency as they 
did during the lush-spending, 
eras. 

Bonifaces feel that gross busi- 
ness will exceed that of the lush 
years because of the fact that 
there are no OP A ceilings to ham- 
per takes. 

•One. factor that indicates top 
business is the fewer number of 
cafes still in the running. There’s 
been a considerable decline in the 
number of spots and most of the 
clubs in operation are on reason- 
ably good financial footing. Most 
spots had a good summer. This is 
especially true in New York. Top 
example is the Latin Quarter, 
which in summer previous lost 
about $40,000, but racked up a siz- 
able profit this year; 

Bonifaces also have faith in the 
(Continued on page 61) 


MacArthur’s TV Shot? 

Tokyo, Sept. 12. 

Gen. Douglas Mac Arthur may 
make his first appearance on a 
regularly - scheduled television 
show via NBC’s “Meet the Press.” 
Web execs have invited the United 
Nations military chief to partici- 
pate in a special version of the 
program, which would be filmed 
by NBC newsreel cameramen in 
Tokyo and flown to the U. S. for 
video transmission. 

If MacArthur accepts the invita- 
tion, NBC plans to use its own 
staff correspondents now covering 
the Korean fighting to interview 
him. Among these are George 
Thomas Folster and his wife, Wil- 
liam J. Dunn, Peter Murray and 
Ken Kantor. 





NBC is still pursuing the Sad- 
ler’s Wells Ballet . of London; 
which is now doing a three-week 
season at the N. Y. Met Opera 
House, and is willing to spend the 
necessary $40,000 to $50,000 to put 
the dance troupe on video for an 
hour. All four N. Y. TV networks 
have been bidding for a chance 
to televise the famed dance troupe 
~-the hottest thing in show biz to- 
day— -with NBC believed to have 
the inside track. As of Monday 
(il):, NBC thought it had the 
troupe clinched, but chances have 
eased off since. 

Sadler’s would have preferred a 
regular performance being tele- 
( Continued on page 53) 


Legion’s Commie Charge; 
ABC Refuses to Cancel 

ABC. network cracked the bar- 
rier this week in the thorny per- 
former blacklist problem now con- 
fronting the radio and television 
industries by indicating it will air 
Gypsy Rose Lee’s new radio show, 
What Makes You Tick,” starting 
Saturday night (16), despite pror 
tests lodged by the Illinois Ameri- 
can Legion that Miss Lee “has 
Communist sympathies.” 

MissLee, following the protest, 
(Continued on page 61 ) 


With the TV season just begun, 
the virtual inundation of the chan- 
nels with variety shows is already 
throwing the video impresarios for 
a guest-star tailspin. It’s the big- 
gest sellers market since vaudeo 
became ’’an established format and 
already the quest for talent has 
sent prices spiraling to new highs. 

The situation becomes particu- 
larly acute in N. Y. because of the 
migration of variety shows to a 
Manhattan point of origination. 
The Jack Carter Saturday night 
NBC show, Seen from Chicago last 
season, is now established in Goth- 
am. Ed Wynn, kinescoped from 
the Coast last y^ar, is also ema- 
nating his Wednesday night NBC 
show from N. Y. 

The new Frank Sinatra TV show, 
(Continued oh page 12) 


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HollyWOod, Sept. 12. 

} Seven name singers have been 
inked by Chevrolet for a series of 
three-minute commercial blurbs to 
be used on radio this fall. Platter 
cost will run close to $20,000 for 
the spots. 

Tony Martin, Dick Hayihes, 
Ginny Simms, Dorothy Shay, Dick 
Powell, John Charles Thomas and 
Lauritz Melchior will collect $2,000 
each for the stint, with musicians 
getting another $5,000, Sidemen 
pocketed $27 each for every 60* | 
minute waxing session. Melchior 
and Thomas were backed by 42 
men, the pop sessions by 24 footers 
and Miss Shay by a 10-piece oatune 
combo. Leaders and contractor got 
$40.50, . time and a , half, on every 
sessicru * V ■ 1 ■■ 

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Execs on the inside of film in 
dustry financial affairs are looking 
forward to 1951 as possibly the 
most profitable year in motion pic- 
ture history. On the basis of cur- 
rent outlook and trends^-and the 
considerable stock of finished pix 
made at reasonable costs — they 
foresee the 12-month stanza as top- 
ping 1947, when net profits in the 
industry hit their all-time peak. 

Peering deeper into the crystal 
ball, they see 1951 as possibly a 
last big fling for the industry 
profits-Wise* 

Feeling is that the impact of the 
tremendous amount of coin the 
Government has started to spend 
on war production k will begin to 
be felt strongly next January or 
February. This will give further 
impetus, to the b.o. gains already 
experienced as a result of the in- 
dustrial production splurge to date 
and the sense of economic secur- 
ity it has given workers. 

This upturn will be met by re- 
lease of films made during a pe- 
riod of declining costs. That will 
be just opposite to what occurred 
during the industry’s disastrous 
days of 1948, when pix made at 
top costs were released during a 
declining market. 

With comparatively low weekly 
amortizations being charged off 
against high income, .profits nat- 
urally will be tops. This may not 
continue beyond 1951 if film costs 
during the year start to climb, so 
that by 1952 budgets and b.o. will 

(Continued on page 61) 



Hollywood, Sept. 12. 

Possibility that CBS may make 
films for theatre exhibition Was 
disclosed when Howard Meighan, 
veepee and general executive of 
the net, appeared, before the zon- 
ing commission to ask for clarifi- 
cation of a city ordinance regard- 
ing film production at the recently- 
acquired Beverly-Fairfax boule- 
vards site. 

Meighan declared that “it is 
thought by many that some pic- 
tures or shows might eventually 
be made for a dual purpose, that 
of distributing through television 
channels and through traditional 
theatre channels. It is necessary 
that we have a specific understand- 
ing with the city that we may make 
moving pictures on .CBS television 
property. Thus there is an eco- 
nomic reason as .-well as a show 
product reason for our requesting 
full permission of the city to make 
moving pictures on CBS property. 

“Our contract for purchase of 
Gilmore Island property contains 
a provision for cancellation pro- 
vided we are unable to get such 
permission.” 


Judy Garland's Legiter? 

Judy Garland, in New York last- 
week on a holiday, struck show 
people with her physical fitness, 
which is further borne out by talk 
that she may do a Rodgers & 
Hammerstein musical to be spe- 
cially tailored for her. Metro star 
plans returning to N, Y. next month 
with her husband, ' Vincente Min- 
nelli, M-G director. 

Her legit chore would depend on 
the studio’s approval. 



On the basis of current grosses 
of his various shows, Joshua Logan 
is perhaps the top-earning legit 
director-author of all time. Ex- 
cluding “Wisteria Trees,” from 
which he is taking no income, his 
royalties and share of the profits 
for last week were figured to total 
about $12,800. 

As director of “South Pacific” 
and “Mister Roberts,” Logan got 
royalties totalling nearly $4,900 
for the weqk. As co-author of 
“Roberts” he got additional royal- 
ties of nearly $1,100 (he is also co- 
author of the book of “South. Pa- 
cific,” but does not share in the 
royalties). In addition, his share 
of the profits from “Roberts” is 
estimated at around $1;100 on the 
week, while his cut of the "‘South 
Pacific” net is figured to have 
added about $5,700 more. 

Logan’s royalty as director of 
“South Pacific” is 2Vi% of the 
gross, which was approximately 
$50,800 at the Majestic, N. Y., and 

(Continued on page 12) 



ENTERTAIN TROOPS 

Hollywood, Sept 12. 

Al Jolson should be entertaining 
the UN troops in Korea by to- 
morrow (Wed.), having left Los 
Angeles by Air Transport Com- 
mand on Monday (ll), at General 
MacArthur’s invitation. He will, 
be gone around three' weeks With 
his pianist, .Harry Akst. 

Jolspn holds the distinction of 
having entertained troops in the 
following parts of the globe: North 
Africa, Sicily, Italy, England, Ire- 
land, the Aleutians, Dutch West 
Indies, South America and Pana- 
ma. This is his first time in the 
South Pacific, 

Don Barclay, cartronist-comedi- 
an, is just back from Korea, whore 
he entertained for two Weeks. He’s 
due to return there shortly. 





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By ARTHUR BRONSON 

pj. < . 

A fantastic idea by a couple of 
enterprising young New Yorkers^- 
involving George Bernard Shaw 
and what might have been a $1> 
000,000 TV-newsreel-radio-record- 
ing-newspaper parlay— rhas just 
been nixed by the British drama- 
tist-sage, on apparent grounds of 
sheer vanity. Plan, if it had been 
consummated, would have been an 
astonishing news beat, perhaps 
unique in journalistic annals, . 

. Idea revolved about a simple , 
project. This was to make a 10 or 
15-minute film of the venerable 
94-year-old British savant, giving 
his valedictory or goodbye to the 
world. In this specially prepared 
testament, the ‘ brilliant-tongued : 
Shaw would expound on the times 
and its problems, and leave a 
. message to mankind based on his 
longtime, acute observations and 
reactions. 

Plan was to bring this film short 
back to the U. S., for release on 
the day that Shaw died. Exclusive 
(Continued on page 53) 




Lambertville, N. J;, Sept.' 12. 

Army engineer officers were 
here last Week to confer with St. 
John Terrell, producer of the local 
. Music Circus, about the possibility 
of adapting his tent-show setup 
for soldier entertainment. It’s fig- 
ured that such a system could save 
the Army large amounts in theatre 
and recreation hall investment, 
besides simplifying production and 
transportation costs for shows for 
servicemen. 

Ironically, Terrell offered the 
same idea to the Army during 
World War II, but it was turned 
down then as “impractical.” How- 
ever, with the Music Circus com- 
pleting its second successful sea^ 
son here and similar operations 
mushrooming around the country. 
War Dept, brass now recognizes 
the possibilities of the tent-show 
setup, for both semi-permanent in- 
( Continued on page 12) 


Petriilo Cracks Down 



Simulate Live Shows 


Chicago, Sept. 12. 

James C. Petriilo, American Fed- 
eration of Musicians prexy, is cur- 
rently prepping a crackdown on 
disk jockey programs which are 
simulating live shows via taped in- 
terviews with bandleaders. Hinter- 
land jocks, in particular, have 
made the use of specially-taped in- 
terviews with top names , in music 
field a familiar practice in the last 
couple of years. Cut-in of the in- 
terviews between numbers, In Pc- 
(Continued oh page 12) 




PICTURES 


PfauEfirr 


Wednesday, September 13, 1950 



To Truman in War Emergency 


Washington, Sept. 12. 

o 53^ : «^«*5SS5|IIY. Bijou Maj Cot 

spokesman for the film industry, 
offered full cooperation to the 
Government last Friday (8) in con- 
nection with the war crisis and 
was promptly taken up by Presi- 
dent Truman, who asked the in- 
dustry spokesmen to line up with 
the U. S. program to counteract 
the powerful Russian propaganda 
machine. • 

Mr. Truman told the COMPO 
Committee for . Cooperation with 
the V. S. Government that pic- 
tu res ha d done a terrifi c^ job in 


oeat. Especially, he said at the 
White House, '‘no organization in 
the world can make a better cori- 
. ribution to truth than can .yours,” 
urging help for the information 
Pro ‘Tram. 

" The COMPO delegation, headed 
by its president, Ned E. Depinet, 
•net also, with Secretary of Com- 
nerce Charles Sawyer, General J; 
bawton Collins, Army Chief of 
Staff; Oscar* R. Ewing, Federal 
Security. Administrator, and Ed- 
ward W. Barrett, Assistant Secre- 
tary of State for Public Affairs, 
whose division handles the foreign 
information program. 

All acknowledged the ‘contribu- 
tion of pictures; admitted plenty 
(Continued on page 12) 



Withholds Its Okay 

Theatre Owners of America, one 
of the charter members of the 
Council of Motion Picture Organ- 
izations, informed COMPO this 
week that it is withholding an 
okay on COMPO’s projected sur- 
vey of exhibitors throughout the 
country. TO A reportedly is dis- 
satisfied with several segments of 
the project and, as a result, TOA 
exec director Gael Sullivan • is 
slated , to huddle with COMPO 
exec veepee Arthur L. Mayer later 
th : s week. 

line other charter members of 
C >MPO, meanwhile, have ap- 
proved the project. As detailed 
last week by COMPO prez Ned E. 
Depinet, the comprehensive study 
of exhibs would be used in com- 
posite form for magazine and 
newspaper feature stories to back 
the industry’s public relations, 
drive. Depinet emphasized that no 
private information on individual 
exhibs or Circuits to be derived 
from the study would be made 
public in any Way. 

TOA’s chief objection to the 
project is based on the length of 
the questionnaire to be mailed ex- 
hibs and its contention that many 
of the questions not only are un- 
necessary but will arouse exhib 
antagonism to the entire project. 


‘Cyrano’ as 2-a-Day 

While no deal has been inked 
yet, it is likely that Stanley Kra- 
mer’s ■‘Cyrano” will preem on a 
two-a-day hard-ticket basis at the 
Bijou, N. Y. Maurice Maurer, op- 
erator of the house for the City 
Investing Co., recently journeyed 
to Chicago, where* Kramer showed 
him a rough cut of the Jose Ferrer- 
starrer. 

Opening Is being primed for No- 
ypmhpr nr December. Whether th e 
policy nationally will be; roadshow 
hasn't been decided as yet. It is 
likely that George J. Schaefer, Kra- 
mer’s sales chief, and United Art- 
ists’ distrib topper Grad Sears Will 
seek some outrof-town test engage- 
ments before making up their 
minds. 



Hollywood, Sept, 12* 
After a lot of legal thumb-wav- 
ing, Harry Cohn takes ‘‘Pickup” for 
a ride in a Columbia cab. Final 
legal papers to that effect were 
signed by the quickie’s producers, 
Hugo Haas and Edgar Walden. 

Picture, financed by Walden, was 
shot for approximately $85,000. For 
a time 20th-Fox tried to thumb its 
way into a releasing deal, but the 
problem was straightened out ami- 
cably by huddles between Cohn and 
Joseph M. Schenck. 





PIX ELIGIBLE FOR 
‘FREEDOM’ 



Minneapolis, Sept, 12. 

Harry B. French, president of 
Minnesota Auius, Co., and Bennie 
Berger, head of North Central Al- 
lied, have gone to the mat over 
procedure for establishing the lo- 
cal unit of the Council of Mo- 
tion Picture Organizations. French 
wants it his way, although he 
jumped the gun on bringing 
Minneapolis exhibs under the 
COMPO roof, and Berger is claim- 
ing foul. 

Battle has its roots in a meeting 
called by French latter part of last 
month at which a COMPO “war 
activities organization” was formed 
for the area with French elect- 
ed to the chairmanship. Berger 
balked on the complaint that the 
unit wasn’t formed in accordance 
with COMPO procedure. 

Sensing trouble, COMPO’s com- 
mittee on organization, headed by 
circuit operator Harry Brandt, 
went into session in N. Y, and set 
the rules, providing for local com- 
mittees to cooperate in the work 
of the organization. All the vari- 
ous charter members were to have 
representation and with the com- 
mittee to select an area chairman, 
state chairmen Were desired, the- 
atre, distribution, publicity and 
any other chairmen representing 
groups affiliated With the industry 
who may be invited to participate 
in COMPO activities. 

This action failed to stem the 
Minneapolis row. French asked the 
cooperation' of all theatremen in 
the territory over the protests of 
NCA and Berger. 

600 Pledge Support 

Despite the NCA disapproval, 

(Continued on page 20) 


...Motion pictures will be eligible 
for competition in the 1950 Gen- 
eral Awards program of Freedoms 
Foundation, Valley Forge, Pa., be- 
cause films, “constitute one of the 
most powerful, and effective instru- 
ments for telling the American 
story of f reedom” and because they 
“do much to underscore the*, basic 
concepts of our American way of 
life,” Kenpeth D. Wells, Founda- 
tion’s executive veepee, announced 
last week. 

Annual competition, open t<? va- 
rious fields of ' public expression 
and communication, had included 
documentaries and shorts. This 
year’s competition will be open to 
full-length features because ‘‘in 
the process of providing entertain- 
ment to millions of persons 
throughput the world, American 
films dramatically reflect everyday 
aspects of life in a free society,” 
according, to Wells. “As such, mo^ 
tion pictures serve as messengers 
of the freedom story, a. role that 
becomes increasingly vital m a 
World torn by mounting ideological 
conflict,” he said. 

Foundation, a nou-political, non- 
profit group formed in 1949 to “en- 
courage all citizens to ‘speak up for 
freedom,’” is awarding $100,000 in 
cash plus medal's and honor /Certifi- 
cates to winners to be announced 
next soring. 


A1 Zimbalist Joins 

Alperson as Exec Aide 

Hollywood, Sept. 12. 

A1 Zimbalist, formerly advertis- 
ing-publicity head of Film Glassies, 
has been named executive assis 
tant to Edward L. Alperson, indie 
producer. 

Alperson currently is shooting 
“Sword of Monte Cristo,” slated 
for 20th-Fox release, at the Motion 
Picture Centre Studios with 
George Montgomery and Paula 
Corday in the leads. 


Dale Exits Rank Press 

Jerry Dale, handling U. S. press 
duties for the J. Arthur Rank Or- 
ganization, : left last week. Dale 
didn’t ws-rk for Bank directly, but 
for Jock Lawrence, who continued 
as the British producer’s chief 
Yank flack under a revision of his 
Contract early this year that per- 
mitted him to take, over the pub- 
ad duties for Samuel Goldwyn in 
New York. 

Lawrence hired Dale to handle 
the Rank end. He has now trans 
f erred Jeff Estep, an aide who 
worked for him at the Goldwyn of- 
fice, to the Rank headquarters. 
Dale had been associated with 
Lawrence in handling Rank pub- 
I licity since the end of the war* 


Washington, Sept. . 12. 

Arthur L. Mayer, executive v.p. 
of Council of Motion Picture Or- 
ganizations, Will serve as the all- 
industry agency’s liaison with the 
various Government departments 
in the new war cooperation pro- 
gram. Mayer was named for the 
job last Friday (8) at the D. C. 
meeting of the COMPO Commit- 
tee for. Cooperation with- the U. S. 
Government. Mayer said later that 
he does not foresee the need to 
open a general office in Washing- 
ton but believes that the news- 
reels will need a fulltime spokes- 
man here, just as they had during 
th4 last war. 

Art Arthur, executive secretary 
of the Motion Picture Industry 
Council, brought to Washington 
with him a report on duplication 
and waste in the production of 
Government films during World 
War II and urged Immediate co- 
operation with the Government to 
eliminate such duplication. He 
failed to get action on his plan, 
which would have called for pro- 
ducer activity partially because the 
distributor and exhibitor spokes- 
men wanted to hold up decision 
until their own programs were 
ready for submission. However, 
Arthur remained in town for sev- 
eral days to consult with Army 
and Navy officials and make ar- 
rangements to help. 

Actor William Holden made a 
report for the Hollywood Coordi- 
nating Committee on the volume 
of personal appearances arranged 
during the last war as an indica- 
tion of what the Committee stands 
ready to do whenever called upon 
by the services. 


Subtitled Spanish Pix 



4 



More, Sez Berger 

Minneapolis, Sept. 12. 

Figures show distributors here 
are collecting approximately 200% 
more in film rentals in aggregate 
from Twin City independent neigh- 
borhood and suburban exhibitors 
than they did before the consent 
decree’s earlier runs, according to 
Bennie Berger, North Central At* 
lied president. 

Berger says he’s taking these fig- 
ures to National Allied States’ con- 
wentionrin -Pittsburgh Oct- 2r when 
he’ll ask the national body for 
“some sort of action” that will 
bring exhibitors “relief” from pres- 
ent “ exorbitant” rentals. 

“Northwest Allied directors have 
protested to distributors, but noth- 
ing has come of it,” says Berger. 
“Distributors persist ' in their 
gouging policy although theatre 
grosses are declining and costs are 
generally increasing, with film 
companies* earnings greater than 
ever.” ' 



To U.S. Theatres 

Hollywood, Sept. 12. 

Campaign to take Spanish-lan- 
guage films out of the Latino house 
category and make them available, 
with English subtitles, to general 
situations around the country has 
been launched by Azteca Films and 
Clasa-Mohme, which have banded 
together in a new Mexican distribu- 
tion setupi Harry Stern has. been 
named to head a special features 
division which will act as a sales 
agency and handle publicity and 
exploitation on the pix, many of 
which star name- well-known to the 
American film public; 

Clasa-Mohme handles the Can- 
tinflas comedies, among others, 
while Azteca has another comedy 
star in Tin Tan, to bulwark the 
release list. 

Drive for wider distribution ac- 
tually has two phases, the first to 
make all of the films available to 
the 400-odd foreign film houses 
around the country, and the sec- 
ond to interest the larger chains 
in south-.of-th e-border extravagan- 
zas in which such names as Maria 
Felix and Pedro Armendariz are 
starred. 

Product earmarked for U. S. dis- 
tribution will be the pick of the 
output of the Mexican film indus- 
try, currently marking its 1 50th an- 
niversary. 

Included among pix to be re- 
leased generali. in the U. S. are 
“Rio Escondido,” starring Maria 
Felix; “The General and the . Se- 
norita,” starring Maria Felix and 
Pedro Armendariz; “Little Dark 
Angels,” described as a Mexican 
“Lost Boundaries;” and “Madness 
of Love,” Spanish historical film, 
lerised in* Spain. r . A 


Twentieth-Fox’s newly-develop- 
ed emphasis on longhair music, as 
exemplified by the N.Y. Philhar- 
monic Symph’s booking into the 
Broadway Roxy theatre arid the 
upcoming series of feature-length 
concert filriis, is believed to be tied 
in directly with the company’s 
p 1 a n s for theatre television. 
Twentieth pre? Spyros P. Skouras 
has repeatedly talked about 
spreading concert and ballet to the 
masses via large-screen video, and 
the present moves iri that direc- 
tion, consequently, are construed 
as a test of longhair’s boxoffice 
potential. 

If 20th's theatre TV plans go 
through as presently constituted, 
the company will have an initial 
investment of some $2,000,000 for 
the 24 theatres /on the Coast to 
be linked initially for the new 
medium. With that much coin 
tied up, the company presumably 
wants to make certain that its 
large-screen programming will 
meet with, public acceptance. Also 
bearing out the experiihental 
aspects of the present moves is 
the fact that Skopras envisions 
both the concert films and theatre 
TV as secondary to a top feature 
on theatre programs, rather than 
the chief draw in themselves. He 
describes both as being designed 
(Continued on page 17) 


L. A. to N. Y. 

Irving Allen 
Carlton Alsop 
Glen Allvine 
Lucille Ball 
Edgar Bergen 
True Boardman 
Charles Boyer 
Carleton Carpentef 
Hal Chester 
Melville Cooper 
A1 DeLynn 
Charles Dreyfus 
Dari Duryea 
John Garfield 
Denis Green 
Charlotte Greenwood 
George Guetary 
Howard Harris 
Dick Haymes 
Van Heflin 
Lou Irwin 
Joe Kirkwood 
Russell Lewis 
Joseph L. Marikiewicz 
Lillian Picard 
Joel Preston 
George J. Schaefer 
Marvin H. Schenck 
Gale Storm 

Ben Thau ^ 

Syd Zelirika 

N. Y* to Europe 

Lenore Lemmon 
Mark Marvin 
Josephine Niggli 
Eric R. Pleskow 
Bernard SobeL 
Alida Valli 




Franklin, Indy, Sept. 12. 

Allied States is going all out in 
combatting what prexy Trueman 
Rembusch describes as a concerted 
drive by all distributors to boost 
film rentals on a nationwide basis. 

Rembusch reports the committee 
at Work ori- Allied’s national con* 
vention in Pittsburgh Oct. 2-4 has 
developed a national film clinic 
which will be part of the get- 
together and to which film buyers 
might look to cure their product- 
licensing headaches. He said he’s 
been at all local meetings of Allied '. 
units so far this year and has no 
doubt that the move is on full- 
scale for rental hikes; at a time 
when- the distributor^— ^should- be -- 
thinking about keeping their cus- 
tomers in business;” 

He said the clinic will function 
as “a school of instruction for film 
buyers” and indicated theatremen 
Will be acquainted .with their new 
“rights’! under the court decisions 
in the Government's monopoly 
suit against the companies. 

Rembusch also disclosed that 
Arthur L. Mayer, executive vice- 
president Of the Council of Mo- 
tion Picture Organizations, has ac- 
cepted an invitation to address the 
Allied conclave, which will be at 
the William Penn hotel. Mayer 
will outline the full scope of 
COMPO: activities and what it can 
accomplish for the industry. He is 
slated to do the same at the Oct. 
30-Nov. 2 convention of the The- 
atre Owners of America in Hous- 
ton; 

The Allied film clinic plan is to 
break the sessions down into for- 
ums involving various types of the- 
atres, each to be chairmanned by 
actiye Allied Unit heads. These 
include: H. A, Cole and Charles 
Niles, small towns; Sidney Samuel- 
son and Arthur Rush, medium . 
town and suburban ruris; Nathan 
Yamins arid O. F. Sullivan, city 
runs; Martin Smith and Wilbur 
Snaper, key neighborhoods and 
subsequent runs; John Wolfberg 
and Rube Shor, dri veins. Jack 
Kirsch and Abe Behrenson will 
conduct a special meeting for cir- 
cuit buyers and those interested in 
bidding situations. 


PAR’S 50c DIVVY 

Parainount board of directors 
has voted a quarterly dividend of 
50c per share on the common 
stock, payable Sept. 29 to holders 
of record Sept. 18. 


Europe to N. Y. 

E. Power Biggs 
Phil Bloom 
Sidney Box 
Jeanne Chauchoin 
Thomas B, Costain 
William Dieterle 
Leo Dolan 
Dame Edith Evans 
Patrick Holt 
Raymond HUntley 
Dudley Jones 
H. V. Kaltenborn 
Pamela Kellino 
Andre Kostelanetz 
Anita Loos 
Irvin Margulies. 

James Mason 
Helen Mencken 
Ralph Michael 
Cecil Parker 
Lily Pons 
George Richard 
Flora Robson 
Cesar Romero 
; Rene Marie St. Germain 
Oscar Serlin 
Jean Simmons 
Ethel Smith 
Paul Vuillaume 
Hal Wallis 

N; Y. to L. A. 

Art Arthur 
George Byron*. 

. Frank Cooper 
Cecil B. deMille 
Judy Garland 
Leonard Goldstein 
Abel Green 
William Holden 
Bob Hope 
Betty Hutton 
Sol Lesser 
• Brenda Marshall 
v James Masoh 
■ J oe McConnell 
Mack Millar 
Michael Miridlin, Jr. 
Manie Sacks 
Skip Scully 
Dinah Shore 
Spyros P. ; Skouras 
Jule Styne 
Jonie Taps 
Sam Wiesenthal 
Tennessee Williams • • 



Wednesday, September 13, 1950 


PICTURES S 











* 






There were some indications 
this week that United Artists' new 
ruling triumvirate may have a. 
start on a production financing 1 
plan, although no hint as yet that; 
it lias Obtained much - needed 
wor^ng capital for its distribu- 
tion setup. Board chairman Paul 
,,y, McNutt, an d p rexy ; Frank L« 
McNamee have maintained their 
customary silence on both matters, 
but the trade is looking forward 
to a possible clarification of the 
company’s status following a 
scheduled session of the new man- 
agement with owners Mary -Pick- 
ford and Charles Chaplin in New 
York next Wednesday (20). 

McNamee has been working 
with a syndicate headed by agent- 
manager Edward Sherman and 
Coast lawyer Max Fink on a deal 
by which they would organize a 
unit through which all UA pro- 
duction would be channelled. 
They would advance coin via the 
unit for "filmriiakihg by indies for 
U A release. 

It was confirmed in New York 
and Hollywood that Sherman and 
Fink are working on the plan and 
have amassed considerable coin to 
put it into effect, although the 
problems of such an undertaking 
are: so manifold there's no assur- 
ance that all the ends can be 
drawn together to make it effec- 
tive, Sherman is a fortner Phila- 
delphian and a close friend of Mc- 
Namee; who also hails /from - the 
Quaker City. He's a vet vaude 
agent and booker, who was to a 
considerable degree responsible 
for bringing Abbott & Costello to 
prominence via his management. 

Unless McNutt and McNamee 
have a source of operating coin up 
their sleeve, however, it appears 
(Continued on page 18) 


Stillman’s Stance On 
UA and McNamee Is 
Sweetness and Light 

Indie producer Robert Stillman 
said in New York Monday (ID* 
following a meeting with Frank L. 
McNamee, that he was “much im- 
pressed*’ With the new United Art- 
ists prexy. Session was Stillman's 
intro to the new regime Which 
took over UA July 12. 

Producer, arrived in New York 
Sunday ( 10) for a week of talks 
with the. UA management, sales 
Chief Grad Sears and publicity-ad' 
vertising-exploitation huddles with 
UA pub-ad chief Howard LeSieur 
and his own eastern pub-ad rep. 
Dick Weaver. He brought with him 
a print" of his initial indie produc- 
tion. “Sound of Fury,” for delivery 
to UA. 

Stillman added that in talks on 
the Coast with Tom Deane, of the 
Bank of America, who recently was 
east to meet the new UA toppers, 
he had gotten the same expression 
(Continued on page 6) 

SYMINGTON TO TALK 
AT TOA CONVENTION 

Moving ahead with plans for its 
annual convention in Houston Oct. 
30-Nov. 2, Theatre Owners of 

America has lined up W. Stuart 
Symington, chairman of the Na- 
tional Security Resources Board, as 
guest speaker at the group's windup 
president’s dinner. Symington in- 
formed TOA executive director 
Gael. Sullivan of his Acceptance of 
the TO A invitation. According to 
a statement from: the organization, 
there’s a likelihood the talk by 
Symington, top figure in the na- 
tional defense program, ' will be 
carried in a nation-wide broadcast. 

On the Texas front, convention 
general chairman R. J. O’Donnell 
and Fred Nahas, chief barker of 
the Houston Variety Club, have 
worked but arrangements for the 
Unit's temporary move from its 
regular quarters at the Texas State 
hotel to the Hotel Shamrock, 
where the TOA conclave will take 
place. Variety Club privileges will 
be granted to all at the convention. 


• • , ; ■ ■ ■ ■ , 

Leo Joins Rathvon 

: John: Leo, former Eagle Lion 
division manager on the Coast, 
has joined the N, Peter Rathvon 
unit to supervise sales from Chi- 
cago west. He’ll work under Rath- 
von’s sales chief. Jack L. Schlaifert 
and with the unit’s southern mana- 
ger, Lee Gribble. 

Leo started as a salesman for EL 
in San Francisco. He more recent- 
ly has been engaged in financing 
production of “Tokyo File 212,” 
produced’ by Breakston-McGowan 
in Japan, 

Rathvon distribs through Eagle 
Lion Classics and Leo will attend 
the company’s convention in Chi- 
cago today (Wed.) before proceed- 
ing to the Coast. 



Influx of United Artists pro- 
ducers into New York in an en- 
deavor to learn “what’s cooking” 
went into high gear this week. Ar- 
rival of a new group brings to 
seven the number of indies who 
have traveled east in recent weeks 
in the hope of learning from the 
company’s new management where 
it goes from here. 

Robert Stillman arrived in New 
York Monday, while due latex’ are 
Irving Allen, Edward Small and 
Joseph Justman. Already in to see 
the Paul V. McNutt-Frank L. Mc- 
Namee-Max Kravetz (Operating-tri- 
umvirate have been Carl Leser- 
man, I. G. Goldsmith and Sam 
Spiegel, Stanley Kramer, who was 
planning to head into New York 
this week, has been forced to 
change bis plans to get back to 
the Coast today (Wed.) for final 
editing of “Cyrano.” He has been 
on a publicity tour on behalf of 
“The Men.” 

Harry Popkin* who was expected 
this week, has pushed off his visit 
until after the Jewish holidays. 

Producers had all been waiting 
on the Coast for the new regime’s 
(Continued on page 63) 

ZOELLNER HEADING 
M-G NEWSREEL SALES 

Chicago, Sept. 12. 

Presaging a hypoed drive by 
Metro for newsreel business, Wil- 
liam B. Zoellner, head of the com- 
pany’s shorts and reprints sales 
department, has been assigned to 
take over as head of the newsreel 
sales concurrently. Creation of the 
new post was revealed here today 
(Tues.) by sales veepee William F. 
Rodgers, who stopped off eh route 
to the Coast from New York for 
huddles with central division man- 
ager Burtus Bishop. 

Appointment of Zoellner to head 
newsreel sales is believed based on 
the intensified interest in reels on 
the part of both exhibitors and 
the public in the wake of the Ko- 
rean fighting. Zoellner is sched- 
uled to leave in a few weeks for a 
nationwide tour of the company’s 
exchanges to confab with branch 
managers.. He’ll also talk With the 
field salesmen in each branch who 
have been his special representa- 
tives for shorts and reissues, and 
whom he is now expected to tag for 
the newsreel also. 

Rodgers, meanwhile, >is sched- 
uled to arrive on the Coast Thurs- 
day (14) to look over new product 
and hyddle with studio chief Louis 
B. Mayer and production veepee 
Dore Schary, He’ll attempt to get 
a line on the exact number of 
pictures to expect for the remain- 
der of the year in order to imple- 
ment his proposed hew group sell- 
ing plan. 


POPKIN. 

With both its product and finan- 
cial situation paradoxically im- 
proved via its recent abortive 
merger attempt With Film Classics, 
Eagle Lion Classics has turned to 
swinging its lariat on United Art- 
ists producers. It currently has a 
multiple-picture deal cooking with 
Harry POpkin and several other 
•UA; indies whose names are being 
kept dark until the noose is pulled 
tighter. 

Peal with Popkin— who Was en- 
deavoring to buy control of :UA 
when the Paul V. McNutt group 
recently moved in-^ntails first- 
money financing of his product by 
ELC. That’s a hurdle Which prexy 
William C. MacMillen is having 
some difficulty jumping, however, 
and on his success will hinge the 
outcome. 7 . 

ELC advanced N. Peter Rathvon » 
fifst . money oh his product 
and then was able to lay off the 
loan with the Fidelity-Philadelphia 
Trust Co. MaCMillen is trying- to 
Work a similar arrangement for 
Popkin — or possibly skip a step 
and get them a bank loan directly. 

ELC prexy is obviously trying 
to make hay mowing down some 
better-known producers While UA 
is in its present confused state. 
As an added atti’action, he has just 
swit bed the company over from 
a^dglayed to an; advanced payoff 
policy to producers. This is exactly 
opposite to what UA was recently 
forced to do in order to give itself 
a cushion of working capital. 

Cash Settlement Weekly 

Under the new ELC plan, top 
producers will get a cash settle- 
ment weekly, based on an estimate 
of the past Week’s earnings of their 
pix. Each fourth week there will 
be an adjusted payment' to eqtial- 
( Continued on page 20) 






Hollywood, Sept. 12. 

Screen Writers Guild has ad- 
vised its members that a total of 
24 motion picture and television 
! producers have been placed on the 
“unfair” list. Recently a resolu- 
tion was adopted requiring all 
members to get permission from 
the Guild before entering into any 
business arrangement with pro- 
ducers who have been found “un- 
fair, irresponsible or unsubstan- 
tial in their dealings with writers.” 
The list, mailed to all the mem- 
bers, follows: 

Eddie Albert, Irving Allen, 
Polan Banks, Benedict Bogeaus, 
Yorke Coplan-Geprge Breakston- 
Phil Krasne of World Adventure 
Pictures, Lou Costello and Ed- 
ward Sherman, Al Ji*e DeToth, 
Jerry Fairbanks, Inc., Samuel 
Goldwyn, Melvin Geimer and Joe 
Larigdoiy Remy Hudson, Carl 
Kreuger and Central National 
Pictures, Frank Melford, Richard 
Morros and M. R. S. Productions, 
Lou Moss, Seymour Nebenzal, 
Richard Oswald and Skyline Pro- 
ductions, Richard Polimer, Proser- 
Nasser Productions, B, B, Ray, A1 
Rogell, Frank P. • Rosenberg and 
Lionel J. Toll, Berman Svvartz- 
Harry Gray - Earl - Cohen -^Joseph, 
Raboff, and Philip Waxman. 


SUIT VS. FWC, WB, ETC. 

Los Angeles, Sept. 12. 

Parktoh ’Theaitres, Inc., filed suit 
for $672,000 against the Fox-West 
Coast and Warner Bros, theatre cir- 
cuits charging conspiracy to violate 
the anti-trust law. Plaintiff oper- 
ates the Park theatre in Hunting- 
ton Park and accuses defendants of 
using monopolistic practices. 

Also named in the suit are Na- 
tional Theatres, 20th-Fox, Para- 
mount, RKO, Columbia, Loew’s, 

J Universal, United Artists and War- 
ner Bros. Distributing Corp. 1 


Goldenson’s Switch 

; Washington, Sept. 12. 

Leonard H. Goldenson, president 
of United Paramount Theatres, has 
converted 500 certificates of inter- 
est into 500 shares of common stock 
of the chain, according to the Se- 
curities and Exchange Commission 
report for the month from July 
11. to Aug. 10. This gives Golden- 
son a total of 900 shares of com- 
mon stock. He owns another 250 
shares jointly with hi$ wife. 

The report shows that A. A. 
Garth waite, member of the board 
of Universal Pictures, purchased 
500 shares of the U $1 par com- 
mon. 



Bankers Trust Co. of N; Y. fig- 
ures largely in the five-year pro- 
gram mapped by Harry Sherman 
in his 50-picture deal with Eagle 
Lion Classics. While firm com- 
mitments have yet to be made, the 
financial outfit has tentatively in- 
dicated willingness to provide first 
money for an initial group of four 
Sherman pix in an arrangement 
which could be extended to cover 
others. The credit would be guar- 
anteed with equities in Harry 
Sherman Productions and Califor- 
nia Studios, which Sherman owns. 

So far as ELC is concerned the 
pact is strictly for distribution, 
with the company having no finan- 
cial participation whatever. Dis- 
tribution fee is 30%, it is reported, 
with Sherman to supply his own 
prints and advertising. 

Teamed with Sherman on the 
business end is Neil Agnew, part- 
ner with Charles Casanave in Mo- 
tion Picture Sales Corp., and Alec 
, Moss, also of MPSC. The latter 
film, which clistributes foreign 
pix here, is not equipped to handle 
the extensive Sherman output and 
for this reason MPSC and Casa- 
nave are not parity to the ELC 
contract. Both Agnew and Moss 
have a financial participation in 
the deal, Agnew will have the 
(Continued on page 22) 

RATHVON UNCERTAIN 
ON BRIT. PIC DISTRIB 

N. Peter Rathvon, in New York 
last week to arrange for further 
funds for his Motion Picture Capi- 
tal Corp., said he expected the 
seventh pic which the company 
has financed in part to be com- 
pleted in England at the end of 
this month. It is “Happy Go 
Lovely,” starring Vera -Ellen and 
David Niven, and being produced 
by Marcel Heilman in association 
with Associated British Pictures 
Corp. 

Rathvon ^qid he is still uncer- 
tain as to what company Will dis- 


Filrii industry legalities still are 
working overtime, largely on mat- 
ters of real estate. In addition to 
the approximately 100 private anti- 
trust actions on file and the wind- 
up manuevers in the government’s 
monopoly suit* which, is now in its 
12th year, the lawyers are burning 
the midnight current on unravel- 
ling the last of the majors* partner- 
ship interests, affiliations which 
abound in corporate complexities. 

Faced with the most extensive 
disaffiliation job. of all, United Par- 
amount has been doing well so far 
in meeting the demanding three- 
year schedule set down by the De- 
partment of Justice. But problems 
have been encountered in the re- 
quired UP sale of some properties 
after the partner’s holdings have 
been acquired. More time was 
heeded and, with Dept, of Justice 
approval, that was granted last 
week" by the U. S. statutory court 
in N, Y. ' 

The D. of J. has allowed exten- 
sions on deadlines originally set 
down fpr unloading numerous 
houses in the. south. Unless, addi- 
tional time again is* granted, UP is 
now called upon to unload the fol- 
lowing properties by Oct. 5 (Origi- 
nal deadline was June 3) ; 

One theatre each in Anniston, 
Bessemer, Jasper, Montgomery and 
Mobile, all Ala.; one each in Pen- 
sacola and Monroe, Fla ; two in 
New Orleans; one each in Biloxi, 
Clarksdale, Greenwood, Hatties- 
burg and Vicksburg, Miss.; one 
each in Chapel Hill, Gastonia, 
Greensboro* Raleigh and Rocking- 
continued on page 22) 

Music Pub Tieup, 

Mdse. Plans Mapped 
By Wald Krasna 

Hollywood, Sept. 12. 

jerry Wald-Norman Krasna are 
moving into high gear on a variety 
of fronts, immediate objectives in- 
cluding a music publishing tie-in, 
merchandising program which in- 
cludes close contact with the RKO 
homeoffice and exhibitors and 
completion of casting for initial 
productions. 

The two are dickering With sev- 
eral eastern publishing houses to 
become affiliated: with their own 
pubbery to be known as Wald- 
Krasna Music Co. Deal, expected 
to be finalized in a few days, Is 
cued by fact that RKO, with which 
W-K recently negotiated a deal, 
has no pubbery, nor has it any 
agreement with any publisher to 
sell its songs. 

At least 20 of the 60 W-K pix 
under deal with RKO will be mu- 
sicals, with a large number of 
tunes to be used in other films as 
well, so partners want an outlet. 
Situation was discussed with How- 
/ard Hughes and Ned Depinet, 
RKO heads, who have approved 
plan. 

. Six of first year’s 12 pix will be 
tuners; with songs to be plugged 
to exploit pix. ; Additionally, part- 
ners plan Sending a song out with 
(Continued on page 15) 



tribute it in This Country’ although 
Eagle Lion has handled all of 
[wee’s' previous pix; Former 
RKO prexy also declared he plans 
to keep on financing product, but 
circumstances will determine dis- 
tribution. 

Rathvon financing has come in 
the past from a group headed by 
Robert R. Ypung, controlling 
stockholder in Pathe industries, 
EL’s parent company. —This has 
been personal, not EL, coin. Nev- 
ertheless, it is believed that Rath- 
von is dealing with Young on the 
basis of giving the pix to EL for 
further financial backing. 

Fidelity-Philadelphia Trust Co. 
put up first money for the first 
group of Rathvon pix and has in- 
dicated interest in further financ- 
ing. Among the initialers was 
“Destination Moon,” ’ which has 
proved exceedingly profitable. 



Selznick Releasing Organization, 
which was reported a month ago as 
planning to drop its entire field 
sales force, is continuing with four 
men throughout the Country and 
Sol Edwards as eastern division 
salesmanager in New York under 
distribution chief Sidney Derteau. 

They are currently selling re- 
maining accounts on “Third Man” 
and “Fallen Idol” and are also in a 
drive to book five reissues. They 
are “Since You Went Away,” “I’ll 
Be Seeing You,” ‘‘Rebecca,” ’’Inter- 
mezzo” and “Blandings Builds His 
Dream House/’ Eagle Lion, which 
handles residual selling for SRO, 
has been peddling the reissues for 
the past 18 months, but the Selz- 
nick force itself has now been 
turned loose on them to bring in 
maximum income. 


FILM REVIEWS 


Wednesday, September 13, 1950 


All About five 

20th-Fox release of Darrel F. Zanuck 
•reduction, written and directed by Jo* 
*eph L. Mankiewicz. Stars Bette Davis. 
Anne Baxter, George Sanders. Celeste 
Holm; features Gary Merrill, Hugh Mar* 
J«we. Music, , Alfred Newman; camera, 
Milton Krasner; editor, Barbara McLean; 
orchestration, Edward Powell; special 
e Heels, Fred S?Fsen. Tradcshown Sept. 6, 
*50. Running time, 138 MINS. 

Margo ....... Bette Dayis 

Eve ......... Anne Baxter 

Addison De Witt . . ...... .George Sanders 

ren ■ * * ,» t <»«*••» < • •* *■• Celeste . Holm 

Bill Simpson ............ . . Gary MerrilJ 

Lloyd Richards. ... ........ . .Hugh Marlowe 

Birdie .V, .Thelma Rilter 

Miss Casswcll. . . ... .... . . Marilyn Monroe ; 

Max! Fabian , . .Gregory : Ratoff 

Phoebe • . . . . , . . Barbara Bates 
Aged Actor. . . . ... . « .Walter Hampden 

Girl Randy Sluart 

Leading Rian .............. Craig Hill 

Doorman ... . ; . ... .Leland Harris 

Autograph Seeker ... . ,-7. . . Barbara White 

Stage Manager. . Eddie Fisher. 
Clerk , . ... />.. ........... .William PuUen, 

Pianist . , .. . . . . Claude Stroud 

Frenchman ........ . Eugene..- Borden j 

Reporter ....... .V. . .Helen Mowery ; 

Captain of Waiters . .......... Steve Geray 


Miniature Reviews 

“All About Eve” (20th). 
Sock romantic drama with a 
big league cast and production 
for big league grosses. 

“The Breaking Points (WB). 
Routine remake from Ernest 
, Hemingway's novel, “To Have 
and Have Not," with John Gar- 
field and Patricia Neal. 

^Farewell to Y e s t e r d ay” 
(20th). Dramatic documentary 
of the last three decades, 
based mainly on war news 
clips. 

“Frisco To r n a d o’V (Rep). 
Stock addition to the Allan 
“Rocky” Lane series. 

“Triple Trouble” (Mono). 
Routine entry in the Bowery 
Boys series; okay for dualer 
situations. 


Farewell to Yesterday 

(DOCUMENTARY/ 

20th-Fox release of Edmund Reek- 
Movietonews production. Written by Jo* 
soph Kenas; edited by Louis Tetunic; edi- 
tor, Frank Coffman; original score by 
Louis Applebaum, Robert McBride, Rich- 
ard Mohaupt; music director. Jack Shaind- 
liri; narrated by Sidney Blackmer, John 
Larkin, Hermit Murdock. Wiliam Post, 
Jr.' T|*adeshown in N. Y., Sept. 8> ’50. 
Running time, 90 MINS. • 


“All About Eve” is a literate, 
adult film of the calibre that will do 
b“ league,, big town business. In 
addition it has all the elements for 
th'' general runs. 

’Jhe whyfore of the producer’s 
Insistence for “scheduled perform- 
a nees” becomes obvious as the 
story unfolds from, its banquet 
sei ne that honors a new Broadway 
legit great.' and the flashbacks 
which detail the brittle, hard-bit- 
ten and frequently bitter saga that 
te ‘s us “All About. Eve.” 

Anne Baxter,, in the title role, is 
tli ‘ radiant newcomer who has at- 
te led the thcspic heights. And as 
she mounts the podium to receive 
the supreme accolade, the inti- 
mates who figured in her breath- 
less success story project their own 
vignettes on what made this hammy 
g : nfnmy. run. V 

Tette Davis is the established al- 
beit somewhat aging star. Hugh 
Marlowe is. her author; Celeste 
Holm the playwright’s wife; : Gary 
Merrill the play’s director who 
yields to a quick call, and some 
easy money, from Hollywood but 
soon returns to Miss Davis, his ma- 
jor romance. Backgrounding are 
Gregory Rato IT, as the producer, 
and George Sanders as the debo- 
nnii\ machiavellian dramatic critic 
who knows the angles-r-plus. 

Miss Baxter plays a starry-eyed 
wouldbe actress who, by extraor- 
dinary design, finally meets Miss 
Davis, her histrionic idol (through 
t he kind offices of Miss Hoi m) . 
She is taken into the household, 
machinates an understudy chore, 
apparently possesses the basic tal- 
ent to click resoundingly once she 
engineers an opportunity — -and in 
return is ruthless in her pitch for 
both the beau and the husband of 
the two women who most befriend- 
ed her; 

The basic story is garnished with 
exceedingly welLcast perform- 
-ances wherein Miss Davis does not 
spare herself, makeup-wise, in the 
aging star assignment. Miss Bax- 
ter gives the proper shading to 
her cool and calculating, approach 
in the process of ingratiation and 
ultimate opportunities; and the 
ether principals mouth dialog 
which is real and convincing; The 
intra-trade references to Zanuck 
(perhaps the first time a producer 
permitted his own name-dropping 
to further the plot), the William 
Morris agency, 21 and the Stork 
(both reproduced with authentic 
interiors) are plausible and not 
dragged in for any smartalecky 
reasons. The snide references to 
picture people, the plug for San 
Francisco (“an oasis of civilization 
in the California desert”) and the 
like are purposeful and manifest 
an intelligent reflex from a group 
of hyper-talented people towards 
the picture business. In itself it 
was courageous to retain these 
segments. It is typical of the gen- 
eral quality of the film, both as to 
■the screenplay and the players. 

It is obvious author-director Joe 
Mankiewicz knew What and how 
lie wanted his cast to say and in- 
terpret. It comes out that Way, 
even in the bitter ending with 
its suggestion that still another 
tyro, who had latched onto Miss 
Baxter, might well tread the same 
hard path. 

It is cogent that a sharp Broad- 

about Broadway people — was cra- 
dled and produced in Hollywood, 
Tire characterizations are pomr 
posite prototypes, of course, al- 
though some may see in Miss Da- 
vis’ role a vivid counterpart. The 
ruthless critic is 100% fiction; any 
analogy, because of his debonair 
typecasting, ends there. 

“All About Eve” has substance 
in virtually every dramatic and ro- 
mantic mood, which have been 
given proper shading and project 
tion by producer Darryl F. Zanuck 
and Mankiewicz. The segue from 
the commentary school of eine- 
maiurgy, to bridge the flashback 
sequences, into the vignettes is un- 
oMrusive but an effective tech-, 
U'cme to tie up the entire package 
w ,: eh ends with Miss Baxter hug- 
ging the coveted trophy— and a 
stronger to her friends. 

The Zanuck production investi- 
ture is plush in every department. 

Abel. 


TIm* IKiTaklng INiint 

Warner Bros., release of. Jerry Wald 
production. Stars John Garfield, Patricia 
Neal; features Phyllis Tlrixter, Juano 
Ileinamloz, Wallace Ford, Edition Ryan, 
'Ralph Dumke. Directed, by Michael Cur- 
tiz. Screenplay, Ranald MacDougall, based 
on story by. Ernest Hemingway; camera, 
Ted McCord;; editor; Alan Cropland, Jr.; 
dialog director, Norman Stuart;, musical 
.director, R;iy. Heihdorf. Tradeshown N.Y., 
Aug. 3.1, *50. Running time, 97 MINS. 

1 la rry Morgan . .. John Garfield. 

Leona Charles . . . ........ > ■ Patricia Neal 

Luc.v ! Morgan . . Phyllis Thaxter 
Wesley Park- ........ ...Juano Hernandez 

Duncan. , , , .... . . . . Wally . Ford 

-Rogers ; , . .... ...... ; .Edmon Ryan 

ITannagan . . . . . . . . . . . . .. Ralph Dumke 

Da tiny . , Guy Thomaian 

Concho/. . . .William CampbeU 

Amelia . ..... . ... . Sherry Jackson 

Connie ... , . . .V. .... ... . . .Donna ,Jo Boyce 

Mr..' Sing .Victor Sen Yung 

"Macho. . '. ...... .' ... . . . . .'. Peter- Brocco 


A relatively minor Hemingway 
noycl, “To Have and Have Not,” 
has again been adapted by Warners 
as, a vehicle for one of its he-man 
stars. The initial picture, which 
used (he book’s original title, was 
made in 1944, with Humphrey Bo- 
gart starred and' Lauren Bacall fea- 
tured. Tins remake, titled “The 
Breaking Point,” co-stars John 
Garfioid and Patricia Neal, It 
strays even further than its pre- 
decessor from the Hemingway story 
line, but is apparently no more ef- 
fective entertainment. 

For this version of the yarn, the 
hero is no longer a gun-runner in 
the West Indies but a former PT- 
boat skipper who owns a power 
cruiser which he rents for private 
fishing parties out of a southern 
California port. He's already in 
debt, so when a client whom he’s 
taken to Mexico skips out without 
paying his bill-, the skipper gets in- 
volved with smugglers of coolie 
labor and then with a mob of gun- 
men in order to get money enough 
to get bark home and pay what he 
owes on the boat. But where the 
Hemingway hero was killed in a 
gunfire finish, this remake has him 
wipe out the gangsters and, it’s 
implied, is ready to face the future 
again with his wife and kids. 

On the screen, this is a shallow 
story, with sketchy characteriza- 
tions and no suggestion of the feel 
and smell of the water or the in- 
expressible devotion of a skipper 
to his boat; The inarticulate hero 
is neither bright nor sensitive, and 
the principal femriie character, 
played by Miss Neal, seems more 
an afterthought than an integral 
element’. 

As the dense, mute, tough-ten- 
der hero, Garfield is plausible, di- 
rect and manages to read the stilt- 
ed lines credibly, Miss Neal is 
understandably baffled by the un- 
necessary, ill-defined and incon- 
sistent role of flic siren whom the 
four-flusher fisherman-client ditch- 
es when he jumps his bill. 

On the other hand, Phyllis Thax- 
ter, featured in the best part in 
the film, gives a genuinely touch- 
ing portrayal of the wife who 
knows all. the herb’s faults and 
loves him only the more for it. 
Juano. Hernandez is excellent as 
the skipper's devoted Man Friday, 
while Wally Ford, Edmon Ryan 
and Ralph Dumke are acceptable 
in lesser parts, and there is an 
eloquently silent bit of a small Ne- 
gro boy Waiting in solitary terror 
on the clock for his father, whose 
murder has precipitated the gum 
fight-finale^. . . 

The adaptation; credited to Ran- 
ald MacDougall, fails to get be- 
neath the surface of What is es- 
sentially a concocted yarn or give 
dimension to the Characters. The 
direction of Michael Curtiz stresses 
Underplayed realism, except in a 
couple of phoney-seductive scenes 
in which Miss Neal does almost a 
Mae West characterization in try- 
ing to hire: Garfield into: shipboard 
dalliance. : 


“Farewell to Yesterday;” 20th- 
Fox’s historical harkbaclc based on 
its own as well as outside news- 
reel shots, is ho less fascinating 
because it is familiar. It will cfo 
business. Like Warners’ “Fifty 
Years Before Your Eyes’* and 
March of Time’s “The Golden 
Twenties,” this documentary re* 
lives the events of our times via 
its compilation of news clips. It 
is longer ' than the others. Its 
canvas covers the period from the 
signing of the Versailles Treaty 
after World War I to today. 

But where the other documen- 
taries had a - nostalgic motif r or 
divided their . interest between the 
frivolous and the sombre, em- 
phasis of “Farewell” is strictly on 
the serious side. As 20th prexy 
Spyros P. Skouras bluntly told re- 
viewers at its trade-screening, 
“Farewell” : is not only entertain- 
ment but propaganda. The film, 
he said, is reminder of yesterday’s 
mistakes and today’s threat. By 
showing the: effect of yesteryear’s 
appeasement, it points a moral for 
today in the light of the current 
challenge to our freedom. 

Ironically enough, the film also 
points up some, of the lessons We 
apparently haven’t learned -— such 
as our present attitude towards 
Germany in View of the horrors 
it unleashed, or our Official atti- 
tude towards Spain, etc. But its 
main effect is to alert ns once 
more to the barbarities of war and 
the necessity of being on guard. 
This it does via its emphasis on 
war shots— the bombings of towns, 
burnings of buildings, attacks on 
planes and ships— from Italy’s in- 
vasion of Ethiopia to the North 
Korean spillover into South Korea. 
Such shots have been seen before 
—in newsreel shorts, in otherwise 
fictionalized Hollywood wfii fea- 
tures— but rarely in so concen- 
trated and overwhelming a fashion, 
for so powerful an effect. 

Scenes of bombed European 
cities, of sinking aircraft carriers, 
of Jap snipers flushed . out by 
flame-throwers, of crashing build- 
ings, of concentration camps and 
crematoriums, are no less breath- 
taking or appalling because they 
are being reprised; The frequent 
Hitler-Mussolini get-togethers; the 
attack on Pearl Harbor; the Nor- 
mandy invasion; the Pacific cam- 
paign, have a fresh fascination and 
interest. 

Editing by Louis Tetunic and 
production 15y Edmund Reek have 
a good deal to do with the impact 
of the pic. Narration,, written by 
Joseph Kenas, has a frank but per- 
tinent editorial slant, and is lian- 
dled alternately and capably by 
Sidney Blackmer, John Larkin, 
Kerm it Murdock and William Post, 
Jr. Original score by Louis 
Applebaum, Robert McBride arid 
Richard Mohaupt is vivid back- 
grounding for the events, espe- 
cially in the presentation Jack 
Shaindlin and orchestra give it. 

Bron. 


The Cheat 

“The Cheat,” French-made, 
tradeshown in N. Y., Friday 
(8), was reviewed in Vaiubtt 
from Paris, March 8, 1950, 
under its original title, 
“Maneges” (“The Riding 
School”) . Reviewer Mosk laud- 
ed pic as being “an intelligent; 
biting study of the selfish, 
erring wife and the faithful, 
adoring husband.” Noting that 
film “is done in a brilliant 
visual manner and accom- 
panied by fine thesping,” re- 
view went on to say * “it rates 
as a definite art house and 
• sureseater entry,” Review con- 
tinued: “word-df-mouth and 
crix will probably assure its 
stateside run.” 

Reviewer added; “film is 
underlined with a bitter irony 
that makes it one of the most 
important social films to come 
out of France this year.” Di- 
rected by .: Yves Allegret and 
starring Simone Signoret and 
Bernard Blier, it is being re- 
leased in the U. S. . by Discina 
International. 


; of the insurance company' and 
leader of the gang, Stephen Chase 
is convincing. R. G. Springsteen’s 
direction keeps things going at a 
snappy .pace. ■ Gros. 

Triiile Trouble , 

. Monogram .release of Jan Grlppo pro- 
duction. Features Bowery Boys. Directed, 
by Jean Yarbrough; screenplay,. Charles 
K. . Marion; additional dialog, Bert La\V«. 
rcnce; camera. Marcel LePicard; editor, 
William Austin. At New York . theatre, 
N, Y., dual, week of Sept. 5, ! ’50; Run- 
ning time, 6i MINS. 

Slip Mahoney. . ; . Leo Gorcey 

Sach. . : Huntz Hall 

Gabe Moreno........... Gabriel Dell 

Skeets O’Neil. .Richard Benedict 
Bat Armstrong,.. .. Pat Collins 

Shirley O’Brien . ... .... . . . . . . Lyn ■ Thomas 

Louie Dumbrowsky , . -i . .. . Bernard Gorcey 

Pretty Boy Gleason . Paul Dubov 

Benny the Blood ....... Joseph Turkel, 

Whitey . . , . . . ..:... . . . ..William Benediet' 

Butch. ...... ...... . . .... .Buddy (Idrman 

Chuck. . . . ....... ... ... . . David Gorcey 

Squirrely Davi*. . ....... George Chandler 

Hobo Barton ...... . . .. . , . Eddie Gribbon. 

Judge .................. .Jonathan Hale 

1 Warden ^ . . Joseph Crchan 

Ma Armstrong . , . Eltle Laird 
Murphy .... ... , . . ...... . Edward Gargan 

Charleston Eddie Foster 

Red Frank Marlowe 


even these need sharp Scissoring, 
The bird subject is skillfully done, 
with some change of pace and hu« 
mor, enhanced by deft photog- 
raphy. But even with this subject, 
it; is prolonged, dragging in too. 
many varieties of birds when the 
obvious interest is centered on an 
injured stork forced to stay in the 
Ukraine during the winter with its 
mate. 

Part two depicts what occurs 
when all types of wild animals are 
brought up together from infancy 
at a Russian zoo. Some of scenes 
captured by the camera are' especi- 
ally good; But here also there are 
too many digressions. There is 
enough material in this subject to 
moke a first-class one-reeler, pro- 
viding it was given smart narration. 

The family life of a fish is hardly 
for theatre audiences, (part one). 
The dog-eat-dog episodes in a des- 
ert (part three) are unpalatable, 
repetitious 'and far from original. 
Only here they are done in bad 
taste, with closeups of nauseating 
.episodes.' \ j; . . : 

Scripting and narration are very - 
common place, excepting in part 
four, which is half-way passable; 

Wear. 



Continued from page 3 


Frl*ic*o Tornado 

Republic release and production. SUrs 
Allan "Rocky” Larte; features Eddy Wal- 
ler. Martha ! Hy.er, Stephen Chase. Dir 
, rected by R. G, Springsteen. Written by 
M. Coates Webster; camera, John MacBur- 
nie; editor. Robert M. Leeds. Tradeshown 
Sept. 8, ’50. Running time, 40 MINS. 
Allan "Rocky” Lane , , Himself 

Nugget Clark. . . . . . ... ....... Eddy Waller 

Jean .... . ........ Martha Hyer 

Jim ('rail ................ Stephen Chase 

, Paul Weston I , ............. Rbss .Ford 

I Brod. ....... ,v. Mnuril.z Hugo 

I Mike . .... .... • • . . . Lane Bradford 

' Thompson . . , . ... . . . ... . ... ... Hal Price 

Mac . Rex Lease 

I Gun Guard. . ; ... ...... . . George. -Chosebro 

! Stage Driver . v v. , Edmund Cobb 

and Black Jack 


War Over ‘Formosa* 

Hqlly WOod. Sept. 12. 
War clouds over Formosa are 
! causing ropercussioris on the Holly- 
wood film lots, causing complica- 
tions in the MPAA title registry. 

RKO registered two titles, “For- 
mosa” and “The Defense of For- 
1 mosa,” aiming to dramatize that is- 
j land, but Paramount arid David O. 
iSel/nick have prior claims. 


i This hour-long oater is a stock 
j addition to the Allan- “Rocky” 
i Lane series. . . Business should 
par that done by other Larte gal- 

f-lope r s^- - --- — - - • — 

[ . Course of events has Lane, in the 
j capacity of a U. S. marshal, crack- 
I ing down on a crooked insurance 
| outfit which has been offering citi- 
zens of a cowtov.n protection 
J against a gang of outlaws who are 
actually in the employ of the in- 
surance agency. Plot carries little 
weight, with routine situations 
! occurring throughout. In the ac- 
tion department Lane makes his 
entrance :by walking into an am- 
bush from which he escapes after 
a couple Of minutes of gunplay. 
Some more scattered scenes pave 
the way for flying bullets and 
heavy; riding. There’s little fisti- 


Another in the Bowery Boys 
series, “Triple Trouble” is . a rou- 
tine entry for the dualer situa- 
tions. Formula is pat, with gang 
finding itself up to its ears in 
trouble which it eventually irons 
out. Film sports the usual quota 
of yOck material conveyed via 
corny actions and lines. 

Leo Gorcey is on hand to chief- 
tain the boys and murder the 
king’s English with his constant 
misuse of words, one of the angles 
used mostly to draw laughs. Huntz 
Hall, as Gorcey’s No. 1 stooge, con- 
tinues to take the brunt of friendly 
insults arid abuse dished out by the 
latter, Rest of the gang* made up 
of William Benedict, Buddy Gor- 
man and David Gorcey, have little 
to do. 

During pic’s fuhning time boys 
become innocently involved in a 
robbery for which they have to 
take the rap due to circumstantial 
evidence. Before going to trial, 
however, Gorcey discovers that a 
prisoner in the state penitentiary 
is in contact With the actual rob- 
bers. 

He and Hall pass up a chance 
for probation, which the other 
members of the gang take, in order 
get into the state prison and thus, 
get a line on the mob re- 
sponsible for pulling the caper. 
Once in prison the pair are. mis- 
taken for a couple of w.k; tough 
guys, which aids them finally get- 
ting the goods on the crooks and 
clearing their names. 

Gorcey gives his role the char- 
acterization it demands,, mugging 
throughout, while Hall docs a con- 
vincing job as his exasperating 
buddy. Gabriel pell is sincere as 
a former Bowery Boy turned 
lawyer; Bernard Gorcey, as a 
sweetshop owner, is good for a 
few laughs, while Pat , Collins is 
adequate in the Jieavy departmerit. 
Jan Grippo’s production, Jean Yar- 
brough’s direction arid Marcel Le- 
. Picard’s camera are all standard. 


were in full accord on the terms 
which seemed, attractive:, to /the 
company largely because the re- 
quired divestiture was - so reiatlye* 
ly limited that the new indepen- 
dent circuit which would emerge 
Would be largely the same as that 
now in existence. ; 

V Upward Trend 

However* the upward trend in 
boxoffice activity seems reasonably 
certain to continue, particularly in 
view of the inteniational crisis. 
It’s a well established fact that 
any global emergency up to arid 
including fullscale conflict sends 
the public on an entertainment- 
buying spree; 

The thinking at Warners, it is 
said, is that the prosperity which 
the Industry experienced during 
the last War and immediately after 
stands a chance of returning in 
future months. Consequently good 
business sense demands that the 
company hold off on separating 
with i^s theatres in one year when 
it can put the split over to three 
years* when the market valuations 
of the theatres figure to be so 
much greater. 

Of the three remainirig riiajors 
in the Government’s trust action, 
only Loew’s, Until now, had no in- 
tention of entering a compromise 
With the Department. Tlie motiva- 
tion was different, however,; the 
Loew’s idea being from the outset 
that the need for divorcement it- 
self might be averted. Although 
turned down once on appeal to 
the U. S, Supreme Court, Loew’s, 
as well as all other parties to the 
action, have petitions pending for 
reconsideration by the high 
tribunal. 

20th-Fox decree talks with Jus- 
tice Department lawyers will be 
resumed in Washington late this 
month when Philip Marcus, U. S. 
attorney; returns from Oregon 
where lie has been active on an- 
other case. 

The Warner accord with the 
Government came after several 
months of strenuous negotiating. 
Every theatre situation was ex- 
amined on an individual basis, not 
only to the extent of existing 
threats on competition but also on 
the basis of future possibilities in 
every town. 

When the final agreement Was 
reached it was sent to the Treasury 
Department for a ruling on its 
taxation aspects, This subsequently 
was withdrawn when the company 
decided on divorcement in 1953 
with its prospects of healthier the- 
atre-marketing conditions* 


Secrets of Yaiure 

(DOCUMENTARY) 

Oxford Films produrtioo and release, 
In four partg (part one adapted by Israel 
Berman; part two directed by Boris Fav*. 
lov at Mosteohnim . Studios; part three 
produced by Kievtechlilm Studios: part 
four directed by Boris Dolin at Mostech- 
film Studios). Previewed In N. Y-., Sept. 
8, ’50, Running time,- 80 MINS. 


Working with Lane in getting 
. the goods on the gang is Eddy 
1 Waller, a regular in this series* 

; Both turn in okay portrayals, per 
j usual, A romantic lift is provided 
| by Martha Hyer and Ross Ford. 
I Duo perform routinely. As head 


This is a fairly good documentary 
' of its sort. Difficulty is that it does 
| not 'for the most part constitute 
. overall theatre entertainment. Film 
is suited only for a few arty spots, 
and then only for mild biz. 

1 Production _ls divided into four i 
parts, with different producing | 
units or directors on each. Only ; 
part two and part four have worth-} 
while material theatrewisej and . 


Stillman-UA 

Continued from pa.ge 8 


H 


of confiderice in them. This was 
reflected, he indicated, in the 
Bank’s granting to him of a loan 
to make his second picture, “Queen; 
for a Day,” which goes into pro- 
duction next week. Loan Is the 
first by a bank for a release by UA 
Since the new regime took oyer. 
It is secured in part by Stillman’s 
share on his initial pic, on which 
Bank of America advanced first 
money. 

Stillman Was accompanied east 
t y Irving RubinC, v.p. of the s pro- 
duction unit, in charge of advertis- 
ing, and publicity. Rubirie will ret. 
main in New; York for about three 
weeks, setting plans for “Fiiry,” 
which goes into release in January. 


Wednesday, September 13, *1950 


PICTURES 



DRAINING 






There was reportedly more than met the eye behind the conclave 
of RKO . theatre managers called in New York last week by prexy 
Ned E, Depinet and circuit chief Sol A. Schwartz. It is understood 
that the meeting was held at least partly at the instigation of Harry 
Brandt, who is negotiating with Howard Hughes for purchase of 
control of the chain. • 

Brandt is reportedly anxious to keep personnel of the circuit 
intact if he does acquire it, He has already publicly stated that 
Schwartz would continue as general manager. Part of the purport 
of the New York session, therefore, was to indicate to the theatre 
managers and execs that there Would be continuity of operation 
and that their jobs are secure. It is understood that some of' the 
men, feeling a change was inevitable and they might lose out in 
the shuffle, have been soundjng around for other posts, They were 
reportedly giveii as broad hints as possible that such precautionary 
action , is unnecessary. 



Harry Brandt and Howard ♦ 
Hughes are understood to have; 
won informal and preliminary ap- 
proval from the Dept, of Justice 
for merger of the Trahs-Lux and 
RKO chains. Attorney-General-s 
office, has also reportedly hinted 
that an extension of the Jan. 1 
deadline for divorcement of the 
RKO theatres by Hughes will get 
D. of J. assent if there's an actual 
written agreement by that time 
between Hughes and a prospective 
buyer. 

Meantime, Brandt and his prin- 
cipal negotiator, Sam Dembow, 
Jr., are continuing efforts to put 
the other pieces together in what 
has become a giant jigsaw puzzle. 
Brandt, controlling stockholder in 
Trans-Lux, is endeavoring to pur- 
chase control of the RKO web 
from Hughes for the melding of 
the two chains. 

. Dembow left New York for the 
Coast yesterday (Tues,) for an- 
other personal session with 
Hughes and his negotiators, RKO 
board chairman Noah Dietrich and 
Hughes’ counsel, Tom Slack. 
Brandt and his attorney, Milton 
Weisinan, may follow if necessary, 
or the Hughes reps may come 
east; In any event, Brandt is 
pushing for a settlement Of the 
situation within 10 days. 

Still to be obtained is approval 
of the Securities & Exchanges 
Commission for the deal, which 
would entail payment by Trans- 
Lux of something over $7,000,000 
to Hughes at the rate of about $8 
a share for his 929,000 shares, rep- 
resenting a 24% interest. 

SEC has so far withheld its nod, 
(Continued on page 22) 


Brandt’ s 2-a-Day V ow 

Should Harry Brandt suc- 
ceed in present negotiations 
to acquire control of the RKO 
circuit . from Howard Hughes, 
it well might mean return of 
two-a-day vaude to the Palace, 
N. Y. . Brandt has long had a 
conviction that he could suc- 
cessfully restore RKO’s Broad- 
way showcase to its former , 
glory as the nation’s top 
vaudery, and vows he’ll try it 
if he gets control. 

Brandt feels he can get a 
weekly bigleague layout for 
the Palace at $12,000 to $14,- 
000 a Week and show a profit. 
House for the past 15 months 
has been playing acts plus 
first-run lower-case pix on a 
grind basis at a combined 
budget of somewhere around 
$4,000. Grosses have been 
ranging from about $16,000 to 
$25,000, permitting reasonable 
profits. 





‘HOI’ I6M PRINTS 

Investigation by the Federal Bu- 
reau of Investigation has led to the 
recovery of 16m prints of five fea- 
tures and two Shorts which Were 
being illegally marketed, it was 
disclosed in New York yesterdy 
(Tuesday). Trail of the “hot" prints 
began in Kansas City and led to 
Oregon and Virginia', where they 
were recovered and turned over to 
Sargoy & Stein, special , counsel 
for the major distributors in copy- 
right matters, for return to their 
respective owners. 

Metro’s “Three Men in White" 
was ipund in Vale, Ore., and its 
“Dangerous Partners" in Ports- 
mouth, Va., where 20th-Fox’s 
- “ Juniorr- ~Miss“ -and Columbia’s 
“Talk About a LadiL^HopeympOD 
Blues" and “Camera Digest" also 
were recovered. Columbia’s “Bed- 
time Story" was found in Norfolk, 
Va. 


International trade relations 
would benefit considerably if U, S. 
producers, upon returning to the 
U; S. from abroad, would exercise 
more caution in comments about 
their Counterparts in foreign lands, 
Mike Frankovich said in N. Y. last 
week. He observed some Ameri- 
can producers too often openly 
criticize European pixmakers, par- 
ticularly because they were unable 
to make a deal in either production 
or distribution. 

Active in indie production in 
Italy the past two years, Franko- 
vich said he found numerous Ital- 
ian producers plenty filed over un- 
friendly statements made by Amer- 
icans who were, not capable of. rec- 
ognizing problems in Italian indus- 
try operations. 

Frankovich has two pix nearly 
Completed, including “I’ll Get You 
for This," which has stampings of 
three global points. His company, 
Venus Productions, made the pic- 
ture in Italy in association With 
John and James Woolf of England 
and J oseph Kaufman of Holly- 
wood. Rights to the picture, Shot 
in both English and Italian ver- 
sions, Will be shared on the basis 
of the Western Hemisphere to 
(Continued on pag.e 22) 



Leonard Goldstein, Universal- 
International producer, left 'for the 
Coast yesterday (Tuesday), after, a 
five-day visit, to start roiling with 
“A Prince Who Was a Thief" and 
“Up Front With Mauldin." His 
schedule .after these includes “Re- 
union in Reno" and “Francis Goes 
to the Races." 

Goldstein was in N.Y. for a njjurid 
of promotional events in connection 
-With the campaign on “Sleeping 
City," which opens at the N. Y. 

Paramount Sopt. ... 


Most important aspect of the 
new Anglo-U. S. films agreement 
seen by the majors and indies who 
stamped it with the Yank okay last 
week is that it undoubtedly means 
the end of frozen coin in England. 
At least during the one-year pe- 
riod Of the agreement, terminating 
Oct. 1, 1951, the combination of 
guarantee, bonuses and uses for 
blocked funds is seen as insuring 
f here’ll be nothing left in the deep 
freeze. 

Only minor changes in wording 
to assure clarification of intention 
are being asked by the Americans 
in the draft which was received 
in the U. S. last week. Otherwise, 

pact has won approval of both the 
Motion Picture Assn. of America 
and the Society of Independent 
Motion Picture Producers. 

Switches in language being 
sought will be handled via corre- 
spondence with the British Board 
of Trade. There is expected to 
be no difficulty in achieving them 
and the , pact should have final 
signatures on it prior to its Oct. 
1 effective date. 

Agreement admittedly leaves 
many questions unanswered, which 
(Continued on page .17) , 



What a Lady! 

Rags-to-riches saga in a 
new version was incorporated 
unintentionally this week in 
the Motion Picture Assn, of 
America’s title registration re- 
port. Listing similarities to a 
new picture-tag registered by 
Metro, “That Was No Lady," 
the registration bureau also 
printed in the following order. 

“That Ain’t No Lady," “Al- 
most a Lady" and “She Was a 



* V* 


Robert Siodmak To 
Direct de Rocheihont Pic 

Robert Siodmak has been signed 
to direct Louis de Rochemont’s 
next feature, “Whistle at : Eaton 
Fails," for Columbia release, The 
director arrived in Nv Y. yesterday 
(Tues.) for script and casting con- 
ferences with de Rochemont; 

The two will choose actual loca- 
| tions in New England next week 
for the pic, which marks Siodmak’s 
first in the east. It concerns a 
labor leader who prevents his com- 
munity from becoming a ghost 
town. Production starts at the end 
of September. Robert Lantz of the 
Gale agency set the deal for 
Siodmak. 


Just a Nuisance Suit 

That $500,000 stockholders’ ac- 
tion tossed at Harry Brandt and 
others by a group of security hold- 
ers of Trans-Lux Theatres is 
labeled by Brandt as a “nuisance 
suit." The action, filed in N. Y. 
supreme court last Thursday (7), 
charges that Brandt and others, as 
trustees in the dissolution of Sher- 
brooke Realty, engineered the sale 
of Sherbrooke properties in up- 
state N. Y. to Trans-Lux at costs 
far in excess of values^ 

Complaint alleges-, lhat Brandt 
and co-defendants Milton C. Weis- 
man, William M. Girden, Allan 
Fromme and David Greenfield in- 
duced the Trans-Lux acquisition 
of the Embassy theatre, Dobbs 
Ferry, N. Y., and the Hastings 
theatre, Hastings, N. Y., without 
making it known to. Trans-Lux 
that they were Sherbrooke trus- 
tees, Brandt Controls Trans-Lux. 

Brandt said Monday (11) the ac- 
tion is no cause for great concern 
to him. “Ip my opinion it is noth- 
ing but a nuisance suit and we’ll 
just have to disprove Whatever 
they (the plaintiffs) are trying to 
prove," he stated. 

The complaining stockholders, 
including Jerome B. Ross, state 
that Sherbrooke was dissolved in 
1948 with the sale of the theatres 
to Trans-Lux at a price in excess 
of $200,000, They charge the 
amount was . about twice what it 
should have been and Trans-Lux 
has lost money since on operating 
the houses. This, they charge, en- 
titles them to damages of $500,000. 


Hollywood, Sept. 12, 

While common necessities are 
going up, production costs at 20th- 
Fox are going down, . They’re 
down to a level of $1,500,000 per 
“A" production, except in cases 
like “The Black Rose,": which cost 
over $3,600,000 in being filmed 
abroad with frozen coin. 

Lineup of recent 2dthrFox pic- 
tures shows a tendency tot keep 
within the million - and - a - half 
budget. For example, “Rawhide" 
cost $1,350,000; “I’ll Get By,” 
$1,495,000; “The Jackpot," $1,135,- 
000, and “All About Eve," $1,451,- 
000." All of them were enacted 
by top-salaried personnel. 


•f' Reports on major companies 
nets for 1950 may be materially 
improved by the threat of a fed- 
eral excess profits tax. If 1950 is 
to be included as one of the base 
years for figuring excess profits,* 
Companies will attempt to exclude 
all potential writeoffs in their an- 
nual statements so as; to present 
the highest possible nets. 

In the event the tax does not 
materialize or 1950 is not in- 
cluded as a base year, companies 
will revert to their normal , pro- 
cedure. Some take" only those 
writeoffs ordinarily dictated by 
business prudence, while others 
have been in the process of put- 
ting on their balance sheets all 
possible losses in order to clear 
the slate for a better financial re- 
port next year. 

Writeoffs are normally taken on 
anticipated picture losses, inven- 
tories, values of real estate, story 
properties and numerous other 
items. There is a wide variance in 
how much is knocked off each 
year, determined partially by ac- 
counting discretion . and practice, 
tax questions, Internal Revenue 


MUSIC 


Hollywood, Sept. 12. 
~;Nevv r sTreamlm^ policy: 

was adopted on the- Paramount lot 
without eliminating . any depart- 
ments or personnel. Under the 
hew setup Richard ; Johnston, as 
executive production manager, will 
be in charge of all departments 
directly engaged with motion pic- 
ture production. This includes the 
editing and music departments, 
which have hitherto been taking 
orders from the front office. 

Y. Frank Freeman and his aides, 
Sam Briskin and Jack Karp, will 
be responsible for all plant and 
Studio operations not directly con- 
cerned with actual filming. These 
five departments and their heads 
are: special engineering, Loren 
Ryder; plant managment, A. . B. 
Hilton; industrial relations, Ted 
Leonard;, legal staff, Sidney Justin, 
and comptroller, M. H. Simpson. 


i With “Sunset Boulevard" ex- 
pected to finish its fifth (current) 
week at Radio City Music Hall 
With $134,000, the Gloria Swanson 
starrer seems assured of toppling 
the former five-week mark at the 
Hall and come close to the all- 
time record of $1,203,000 if it 
should go seven stanzas. “Sunset" 
looks to reach $790,800 in the first 
five sessions as against $789,000 for 
“Notorious," registered in 1946. 
RKO release continued on eight 
weeks to hit $1,189,000. 

“Sunset" may run seven weeks 
although a commitment will not be 
made until after the first four days 
of the sixth round, Which starts to- 
morrow (Thurs.). The seven-week 
total would bring pic close to the 
record made by RKO’s “Bells of 
St. Mary’s" in its nine weeks, 
opening in 1945 and carrying 
through the Christmas-New Year’s 
holiday to 1946. “Bells" had the 
benefit of upped scale, extra shows 
and the annual Xmas stageshow 
for the holiday frame. • 

“Sunset," Paramount release, is 
beating the five-week marks of 
“Anna and King of Siam" (20th), 
registered in 1946, the total made 
by “In Good Old Summertime" 
j (M-G) last year and “Father of 
Bride" "(M-G) hung up recently. 

Current Week of “Sunset" is the 
first one in which the weekly gross 
has dipped below $161,000. 

While “Sunset" is breaking 
records in major cities, it is doing 
beldW average in a n u m b e r. of 
minor openings. Feeling by Par 
execs-is* that itris^ a^picrthat : must 
be., keyed by publicity and exploi- 
(-tatiom and that it -is- impossible,- no- 
matter how big a job is done, to 
reach, through the sticks. Par is 
attemptin g to counteract this by 
preparing new ads to be used by 
small town houses. 


Bureau rules and ^ the aims of com- 
pany execs. 

Top financial, men with the ma- 
jors are still in the dark as to what 
course to follow for *50; They are 
awaiting presently pending tax 
legislation, This is almost Certain 
to call for the excess profits tax— 
as in the case of World War XI- — . 
but reports Vary on what the .base 
period may be. 

Base period is the one on Which 
comparisons are made. u with current 
revenues to determine how much 
is, in excess of normal. During the 
last war it was 1936-39 inclusive. 
Reports now have it likely to be 
1947-50, 1946-49 or 1947-49. 

Air, of course, is ip show highest 
possible profits for the base period, 
so there’s a mcpe favorable com- 
parison with cur rent earnings. 
Film companies generally favor 
including 1946 and leaving out 
1950, while large, industrial firms, 
such as General Motors, have been 
lobbying for the reverse. . 


UI BUYS 140 ACRES 



Hollywood, Sept. 12. 

New slogan at Universal-Inter- 
national is “Movies Are Covering 
More Territory Than Ever." In 
keeping with that idea the com- 
pany has bought a tract of 140 
acres in San Fernando Valley ad- 
joining the film lot, making a total 
of 38L acres, the widest spread 
ever rounded up by one studio in 
connected acreage. Deal was 
swung by Nate Blumberg, UI 
president, who explained: 

“By this move we not only as- 
sure ourselvf es of elbow room for 
anticipated growth, but we will 
also be enabled to make substan- 
tial savings in production costs 
over the years in the elimination 
of costly location trips for filming 
outdoor pictures." 


Indie joe Kaufman 




Hollywood, Sept, 12. 

After two years on the shelf, the 
Harold Lloyd starrer, “Mad Wed- 
nesday," is coming out into the 
open under the RKO banner. How* 
ard Hughes has ordered a press 
preview date, indicating the pic- 
ture’s early release: 

Film, once known;, as “The Sin 
of Harold Diddlebock," has been 
on ice ever since its lone pre-re- 
lease showing in Florida. 


Opening N. Y. Office 

~ Tiidie 'producer Joseph Kaufman,' 
who made the Ava Gardner- James 
Mason “Pandora and. the Flying 
Dutchman" and George Raft-. 
Coleen Gray “I’ll Get You For 
This" abroad this year, is open- 
ing a N. Y. office for talent and 
story properties, with Michael 
Mindlin, Jr., in charge. Kaufman 
is returning to N. Y. on the lie 
de. France Sept. 27. No release 
has been set on the Raft pic yet, 
while Metro Will handle “Pandora. 

; Mindlin, last season on the pro- A 
ductioh staff of the “We, the Peo- ■ 
pie" airOr, will be Kaufman s pei* 
sbnal assistant. He left K Y. yesr 
terday (Tues.) for the Coast to 
work on screenplay of a new mys- 
tery, “Sudden Fear,“ with scfipter 
Allen Vincent. Kaufman is to film. 





/ 

Wednesday, September 13, 1950 


PSXRIETY 


PICTURE (GROSSES 






, Tea’-Vaude Moderate 45G, 

; ‘Men’ \% 2d 



Chicago; Sept. 12. 

post holiday let-up has failed to 
take the starch out of downtown 
business this frame, but heaviest 
trade revolves around holdovers'. 
Topping the new card, “The Black 
Rose” at State-Lake, looks mighty 
$24,000, With opening day gross of 

$5,500. ' ■ • 

Vaudillm house entries, however, 
appear spotty. CliiOago newcomer, 
“Tea for Two” with stageshow, has 
fair $45,000 in sight. Oriental, with 
“Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye” arid 
jVlel Torme topping stage bill, 
should rack up a good $48,000." 

Woods second-weeker, “Broken 
Arrow” shapes stout $26,000. “The 
Men” holding over at the Grand 
should snag tall $19,000, United 
Artists Carryover, “Summer Stock/’ 
in second round, looks brisk $12,- 
000. “Saddle Tramp” and “A Kiss 
for Corliss” hold steady at the 
Roosevelt at fast $10,000 in second 
week. 

Estimates for This Week 

Chicago (B&K) (3,000; 50-98)— 
“Tea for Two” (WB) with the Wiere 
Bros, topping vaude show. Modest 
$45,000. Last week, “Fancy Pants” 
(Par) (2d wk) and Victor Borge 
heading stageshow, solid $53,000. 

Grand (RKO) (1,200; 50-98)— 
“The Men” (UA) (2d wk). Fancy 
$17,000. Last week, $26,000. 

Oriental (Indie) (3,400; 50-98)— 
“Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye” ( WB) 
and Mel Torme onstage. Good 
$48,000. Last week, “Blue Heaven” 
(20th) and A1 Morgan heading 
stageshow (3d wk), $38,000. 

Palace (RKO) (2,500; 50-98)— “In 
Foreign Legion” (U) and “Rookie 
Fireman” (Col) (2d wk). Neat 
$10,000. Last week, $13,000. 

Roosevelt (B&K) (1,500; 50-98) — 
“Saddle Tramp” (U) and “A Kiss 
for Corliss” (UA) (2d wk). Smart 
$10,000. Last week, $14,000. 

State-Lake (B&K) (2,700; 50-98) 
—“Black Rose” (20th). Mighty 
$24,000. Last week, “Pretty Baby” 
(WB) (2d wk), $10,000. 

United Artists (B&K) (1,700; 50- 
08)— “Summer Stock” (M-G) (2d 
wk). Fast $12,000. Last week, 
$19,000. ' . 

Woods (Essaness) (1.073; 98) — * 
“Broken Arrow” (20th) (2d wk). 
Excellent $26,000. Last week, 
$40,000. 

World (Indie) (587; 80>— “Chil- 
dren of Paradise” (Indie) and “Ja- 
maica Inn” (Par) (reissues). Tidy 
$3,800. Last Week, “Ghost Goes 
West” (UA) and “Elephant Boy” 
(UA) (reissues) (4 days) plus “Chil- 
dren of P«aradise” (3, days), $2',200. 


Estimates Are Net 

Film gross estimates as re-* 
ported herewith from the vari- 
ous key cities, are net, i.e., 
without the 20% tax. Distribu- 
tors share on not take; when 
playing percentage, hence the 
estimated figures are net in- 
come. 

The parenthetic admission 
prices, however, as indicated, 
include the U. S. amusement 
tax. 



Holdovers Dim Frisco; 






San Francisco, Sept. 12. 

Six-hour Admission Day 
tennial parade that sloughed ma- 
tinee biz last Saturday is produc- 
ing a rather tepid session at first- 
runs this week. The fact that the 
city is loaded with holdovers also 


Philadelphia, Sept. 12. 

Rain over weekend is beii _ 
blamed by some for the slump in 
biz for current stanza but dearth 
of new product appears mostly to 
blame. City is nearly 100% hold- 
over. “Union Station” looks to do 
okay at big vaudfilm Earle which 
usually needs stage layout to get 
best results. “A. and C. In Foreign 
Legion” shapes lusty at Stanton. 
“Black Rose,” “Life of Own” and 
“Summer Stock” loom as strongest 
of second-week holdovers. 

Estimates for This W^ek 

Aldine (WB) (1,303; 50-99)— “Life 
of Her Own” (M-G) (2d wk). Solid 
$15,000 after $18,000 in opener. 

Boyd ( WB) (2,360; 50-99)— “Tea 
for Two” (WB) (2d wk). Mild $12,- 
000. Last week, okay $16,000. 

Earle (WB) (2,700; 50-99)— 

“Union Station” (Par). Okay $16,- 
000, Last week, “Bunco Squad” 
(RKO) plus Louis Armstrong, Sarah 
Vaughan onstage, hefty $27,000, 
with stage-layout big draw. 

Fox (20th) (2,250; 50-99)— “Black 
Rose” (20th) (2d wk). Great $20,000 
or near. Last week, terrific $35,000. 

Goldman (Goldman) (1,200; 50- 
99) — -“Subset Boulevard” (Par) (3d 
wk). Down to $12,000. Last week, 
great $17,000. 

Karlton (Goldman) (1,000; 50-99) 
— -“Lady Without Passport” (M-G) 
(2d wk). Slim $4,500. Last week,. 
$7,500. 

Mastbaum (WB) (4,360; 50-99)— 
“Summer Stock” (M-G) (2d wk). 
Holding okay at $20,000; Last week, 
sturdy $30,000. 

Randolph (Goldman) (2,500; 50- 
99)— “Three Little Words” (M-G) 
(3d wk). Still nice at $13,000 or 
near. Last week, $17,500. 

Stanley (WB) (2,950; 50-99)— 
“Fancy Pants” (Par) (3d wk). Fell 
to $11,000, still profitable. Last 
Week, $14,000. 

Stanton (WB) (1,475; 50-99)— 
“A. & C. in Foreign Legion” (U). 
Sturdy $12,000 or close. Last week* 
“Shakedown” (U), $11,000. 

Trans-Lux (T-L) (500; 50-99)— 
“Destination Moon” (EL) (4th wk). 
Nice $7,000. Last week, $8,000. 


is hurting. Despite the offish tone, ** £\ yn v>ATfe niTT nilHP 

.* -RO/S BOP PITT BUT 


Orpheum. “Lady Without Pass- 
port” is barely okay at Golden 
Gate while most holdovers includ- 
ing “Black Rose,” “Life of Her 
Own,” and "“Fancy Pants” are Way 
off. “Louisa,” however, looms 
steady in second United Artists 
stanza, • 

Estimates for This Week 

Golden Gate (RKO) (2,850; 60- 
85’ — “Lady Without Pas v s'port” 
(M-G) and “Bunco Squad” (RKO). 
Just okay $13,000. Last week, “Our 
Very Own” (RKO) (2d wk). $9,500. 

Fox (FWC) (4,651; 60-95) — 
Black' Rose” (20th) (2d wk). Down 
-to--$lb;000 in~5 days. Last Week, 
sock $30,500. f 

Warfield; (Loew’s) (2,647; 60-85) 
—“Life of Her Own” (M-G) (2d 
wk). Modest $11,500. Last Week, 
smash $20,500. 

Paramount (Par) (2,646; 60-85)— 
lancy Pants” (Par) arid “Hi- 
jacked” (Lip) (2d. wk). Moderate 
$12,000. Last week, . big $23,000. 

.St Francis (Par) (1,400; 60-85)— 
.Sun set Boulevard” (Par) (3d wk). 
Okay $10,000. Last Week, boff 
$14,500. 

. Orpheum (No. Coast) (2,472; 55- 
■®§ > - — “Saddle Tramp” (U) and 
JungJe Stampede” /Rep). Fine 
$lo,000 or close, Last week, “Desert 
Hawk” (U» and “Chain Gang” 
(Col), $14,500. ~ ' 

ttA Unitcd Artists (No. Coast) (1,- 
|08; 55-85)— v“Louisa” (U) (2d wk). 
$12000 $ 11 *000, Last week, sock 

Stagedodr (Ackerman - Hosener) 
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‘STOCK’ NICE $13,500 

Pittsburgh, Sept. 12. 

Holdovers of holiday pictures 
dotting the first-run situation with 
one exception, the Warner, Where 
“Happy Years” and “Shadow on 
the Wall” are doing virtually noth- 
ing. Of the holdover pix, “Black 
Rose”, at Harris and “Broken Ar- 
row” at Fulton are getting the best 
play, with “Summer Stock” okay 
at Penn. 

Estimates for This Week 

Fulton (Shea) (1,700; 45-80)— 
“Broken Arrow” (20th) (2nd wk). 
James; Stewart picture still staying 
big at $10,000 on top of a smash 
$15,000 last week. May hold again. 

I Harris (Harris) <2,200; 45-80)— 
| “Black Rose” (20th) (2nd wk). Will 
■ probably wind up stout $9,000. 
Last week, terrific $18,000. . 

Penn (Loew’s) (3,300; 45-80) — 
“Summer Stock” (M-G) (2nd Wk), 
Not too sharp a drop for Judy Gar- 
land-Gene Kelly stamen Nice $13,- 
500. Last week, big $21,500. 

Stanley (WB) (3,800; 45-80)— 
“Tea for Two” (WB) (2nd wk). 
Staying for only 4 days on h.o. for 
okay $7,00Q, Last week, nice 
$15,000. 

Warner (WB) (2,000; 45-80)— 
“Happy Years” (M-G) and “Shadow 
on Wall” (M-G). Anemic $5,000. 
Last week, “Kiss Tomorrow Good- 
bye” (WB) • (m.o.), satisfactory 
$6,500. 


‘Life’ Lively $9,000 la 
Seattle; Hcse’ 10G, 2d 

Seattle, Sept. 12. 

After a satisfactory -Labor Day 
week, several new pix are * doing 
nicely this round as holdovers fare 
well. '“Life, of* Her Own”, is ace 
newcomer at the Liberty. “Panic 
in Streets” is fairly good at Coli- 
seum. ‘.‘Black Rose” still is great 
on second Fifth Avenue stanza. 
Estimates for This Week 

Coliseum (Evergreen) (1,877; 59- 
84)— “Panic in Streets” (20th) and 
“Marshal of Heldorado” (Lip). 
Good $9,000. Last week, “Union 
Station” (Par) and “I Killed Gero- 
tumo” (EL), 9 days, oke $10,300. 

Fifth Avenue (Evergreen) (2,349; 
59-84)— ‘Black Rose” (20th) and 
“When You’re Smiling” (Col) (2d 
wk). Great $10,000 after huge $18,- 
000 Opener. 

Liberty (Hamrick) (1,650; 59-84) 
—“Life of Own” (M-G) and “Fun 
at Zoo” (U>. Big $9,000. Last week, 
“Louisa” (U) and “Bunco Squad” 
(M-G), fine $9,500 in 9 days. 

Music Box (Hamrick) (850; 59-84) 
—“Our Very Own” (RKO) (2d wk). 
Solid $6,000 after big $8,800 last 
week. 

Music Hall (Hamrick) (2,200; 59- 
84)— “3 Little Words” (M-G) (3d 
wk). Fine $7,500. Last week, $10,- 
500. 

Orpheum (Hamrick) (2,600; 59- 
84)— “Saddle Tramp” (U) and “Mu=- 
sic and Moonlight” (Rep). So-so 
$7,000. Last week, “Kiss* Tomorrow 
Goodbye” (WB) and “Jungle Stam- 
pede” (Rep), $9,900 in 9 days. 

Palomar (Sterling) (1*3.50; 40-69) 
—“71 1 Ocean Drive” (Col) and 
“Kid from Texas” (U> (2d runs). 
Good $5,000. Last week. “Sidewalk 
Ends” (20th) (2d riyi) and Cab Cal- 
loway orch onstage, moderate $9,- 
500 at 50c-$l scale. 

Paramount (Evergreen) (3,039; 
59-84) — “Fancy Pants” (Par) and 
“Rookie Fireman” (Col) (2d wk). 
Oke $7,500. . Last week, great 
$14,300, 



St. Louis, Sept. 12. 

Turnstile activity at the main- 
stem, houses was hypoed over the 
weekend by intermittent rain and 
colder weather, Holdovers pre- 
dominate currently. However, 
“Saddle Tramp” with “County 
Fair” shapes solid at the Fox and 
“Fancy Pants” .finished its first 
week: at the Missouri with a big 
total. Strongest holdover appears 
to be “Black Rose,” great in second 
round, at the St. Louis. 

Estimates for This Week 

Fox (F&M) (5,000; 60-75)— “Tea 
for Two” (WB) and “Federal Man” 
<EL). Opened today (Tues.). Last 
week, “Saddle Tramp” (U) and 
“County Fair” (Mono), solid $16,- 
500. 

Loew’s (Loew) (3,172; 50-75) — 
“Summer Stock” 1M-G) (2d wk). 
Down to $15,000 following wow 
$23,500 initial session. 

Missouri (F&M) (3,500; 60-75)— 
“Fancy Pants” (Par) (2d wk) and 
“Saddle Tramp” (U) (m.o.). Opened 
today (Tues.). Last week, “Fancy 
Pants” (Par) and “Louisa” (U), big 
$14,000. 

St. Louis (F&M) (4,000; 60-75)— 
“Black Rose” (20th) and “Rock 
Island Trail” (Rep) (2d wk). Great 
$14,000 after $20,000 first stanza. 

Shubert (Ind) (1,500; 60-75) — 
“Sunset Boulevard” (Par) (m.o,) 
(2d wk). Holding at $5,000 after 
Opening session of fine $6,500. 



Holdovers Plentiful; 




With Broadway virtually .100% 
holdover this week,, business at 
first-run theatres generally is' off 
sharply from Labor Day week's 
bullish session. It was the usual 
post-holiday dip but accentuated 
by a return of warm, weather 
ended by Sunday’s (10) rain. Tail- 
end of the Florida 1 hurricane cut 
ih Monday - (11) night. Trade' 
picked up considerably yesterday 
(Tues.) and likely will today 
(Wed.) because of the Jewish holi- 
days. Upbeat, started yesterday 
afternoon at most houses. 

, Still pacing the city is the Music 
Hall although “Sunset Boulevard,” 
with the same stageshow, is in its 
fifth week. Hall is heading for 
$134,000, which makes $790,800 
for the first five Weeks, Hall record 
for a five-Week run. Current stanza 
is the first for “Sunset” to dip 
below $1 61,000 since it opened, 

“Black Rose,” with N.Y. Philhar- 
monic Symphony orchestra on. the 
stage, is,, running far below open- 
ing week at the Roxy, with big 
$87,000 likely for this second 
frame. This contrasts with a ter- 
rific $124,000 garnered in first 
week. Second week of “Summer 
Stock,” with Rosita Serrano,' Noro 
Morales band, Hal Le Roy, Phil 
Foster onstage, continues strong 
With $65,000 at the Capitol. 

“Fancy Pants,” plus . Carmen 
Cavallaro band topping stageshow, 
is holding at big $70,000 in second 
week at the Paramount, “Tea For 
Two,” with Gordon MacRae, Pa- 
trice Wymore, Alan Carney head- 
ing stage bill, shapes up for sturdy 
$48,000 in second round at Strand. 

“No Way Out” is slipping to 
$20,000, nice for . fourth Riyoli 
week, wliile “Treasure Island” 
continues stoutly with $21,000 for 
fourth round at the Mayfairi 
Estimates for This Week 

Astor (City Inv.) (1,300; 60-$ 1.50) 
—“Edge of Doom” (RKO) (6th wk). 
Down to $8,000 this round after 
$12,000 last week. Stays. . 

Bijou (City Inv.) (589; $1.20- 
$2.40) — “Red Shoes” (EL) (99th 
wk). Back in regular stride with 
nice $5,000 after holidays pushed 
take up to $6,000 last week. Stays. 

Capitol (Loew’s) (4.820; 55-$1.50) 

— “Summer Stock” (M-G) With 
Rosita Serrano, Noro Morales orch, 
Hal Le Roy, Phil Foster topping 
stageshow (2d wkl Still doing 
strong business with* $65,000 likely 
this round after smash $86,000 
opening week, although below 
hopes. Stays a third. 

Criterion (Moss) (1,700; 50-$l. 75) 

— “Gilda” (Col) and ‘‘Platinum 
Blonde” (Col) (reissues). Opened 
yesterday (Tues.). Last week, 
“Shakdown” (U) held four extra 
days for okay $22,500 in 10 days. 

Globe (Brandt) (1,500; 50-$ 1.20) 
—“San Quentin” (WB) and “Alca- 
traz Island”- (WB) (reissues) (2d 
wk). Off to around $8,000 after 
nice $15,500 opening week. 

Mayfair (Brandt) (1,736; 50- 

$1:20)— “Treasure Island” (RKO) 
(5th wk). Fourth session ended 
Monday (11) held to $21,000 after 
great $29,000 for third week. Con- 
tinues, with “Louisa” (U) due to 
open next. 

Palace (RKO) (1,700; 55-$1.20)-^ 
“Spy Hunt” (U) and vaude, Good 
$20,000 or near likely. Last week, 
“Cariboo Trail” (20th), with vaude, 
fancy $24,000, 

Paramount (Par) (3,664; 55-$1.50) 

— ‘Fancy Pants” (Par) plus Car- 
men Cavallaro . orch, Jean . Carroll, 



the 

wk). 


4 Evans, Alan Dale with 
Sapphires onstage (3d-final 
Second stanza ended last 
(Tues.) slipped to $70,000, albeit 
very good, after sock $91,000 open- 
ing week. “Sleeping City” (U) due 
in Sept. 20. * 

Park Avenue (U) (583; 90-$1.50) 
—“Madeleine” (U) (2d wk). Hold- 
ing to about $7,000 after fine $8,- 
000 initial week. Continues. 

Radio City Music Hall ( Rocke- 
fellers) (5,945; 80-$2.40)— “Sunset 
Boulevard” (Par) plus stageshow 
(5th Wk)* Slipped somewhat after 
Labor Day holidays but still doing 
sensationally at about $134,000,.' 
making $790,800 for first five 
weeks, ahead of previous high for 
such run by “Notorious” (RKO) in 
1946. Fourth round held to smash 
$161 ,Q00. Stays a sixth week and 
possibly a "seventh. “Glass Me- 
nagerie” (WB) due in next. 

Rialto (Mage) (594; 44-98) — 
“Strange Mr. Gregory” (Mono) and 
“Mystery of Mr. Wong” (Mono) 
(reissues). Not doing well at 
around $5,000, . and staying only 
one week; In ahead, “Bedeviled 
Woman” (Indie) arid “Miracle 
From Stratosphere” (Indie) (re- 
issue) (2d wk), held well at $5,500. 

Rivoli (UAT-Par) (2,092; 90* 

$1.25)— “No Way Out” (20th) (5th 
wk). Fourth session ended last , 
night (Tues.) declined sharply but 
still nice at $20,000 after smash 
$30,500 for third week. Stays on. 

Roxy (20th) (5,886; 80-$1.75) — 
“Black Rose” (20th) plus N. Y. 
Philharmonic Symphony orch on- 
stage (2d-final wk). Down sharply 
from opening round though still 
big at $87,000 or a bit under; first 
soared to terrific $124, OOff but be- 
low expectancy. Initial week hit 
new Labor Day week high, for 
house. Booked for two weeks only, 
with “Blue Heaven” (20th) with 
Mindy Carson, Betty and Jane 

Kean, Mr. Ballantine, new iceshow 
opening Friday (15). 

State (LoeW’s) (3,450; 55-$1.50)— 
“Three Little Words” (M-G) (6tli 
Wk). Fifth round ended last night 
(Tues.) slipped back to $16,000, 
still solid,, after $23,000 for fourth 
week. Continues. 

Strand (WB) (2,776; 55-$2> — . 

“Tea For, Two” (WB) plus Gordon 
MacRae, Patrice Wymore, Alan 
Carney topping stage bill (2d wk). 
Off to sturdy $48,000 after big 

$65,000 opening Stanza, below ex- 

pectancy, Stays a third. 

Sutton (R & B) (561; 90-$1.50)— 
“Winslow Boy” (EL) (15th wk). 
Continues very profitable at $4,700 
after $5,400 last week. Stays on, 
with “Trio” (Par) opening Oct. 10. 

Trans-Lux 60th St. (T-L) (453- 
74-$L50)- — “Kind Hearts, Coronets” 
(EL) (l-4th wk). Still fine With $5,- 
500 after $7,000 last round. Con- 
tinues. 

Victoria' (City Inv.) (1,060; 95- 
$1.50) — “Our, Very Own” (RKO) 
(8th Wk). Seventh session ended 
last night (Tries.) held to $9,000, 
still in chips, after stout $44,000 
last week. Holds indef. 


Boston, Sept; 12. 

Only newcomer in town this ses- 
sion is “Desert Hawk” at the Bos- 
ton with Okay stanza. All other 
majors are holding over with 
“Black Rose” at Met and “Sum- 
mer Stock” at State and Orpheum 
holding up well. "Fancy Pants” at 
.paramount and Fenway is off but 
still oke In second round while 
“Our Very Own” at Astor is not 
bad in third week. 

Estimates for This Week 

Astor (Jaycox) (1,200; 50-95) 

—“Our Very Own” (RKO) (3d wk). 
Neat $11,500 aftor nice $15,000 for 
second. 

Boston (RKO) (3*200; 40-85)— 
‘‘Desert Hawk*’ (U) and “It’s A 
Small World” (EL). Oke $14,500. 
Last week, “A & C in Foreign 
Legion” (U) and “Timber Fury” 
(EL), $14*000; 

Fenway (NET) (1,373; 40-85)— 


“Fancy Pants” , (Par) and “Modern 
Marriage” (Mono) (2d wk). Not bad 
$5,000. Last week, neat $7,000. 

Memorial (RKO) <3,500; 40-85)— 
“Born To Be Bad” (RKO) (2d wk). 
About $8,000 for 3 -day holdover 
after $18,000 for first week. 

Metropolitan (4,367; .40-85) — 
“Black Rose” (20th) and “Lonely 
Heart Bandit” (Rep) (2d wk). Still 
strong at $21,000* after smash $28,- 
000 for first. 

Orpheum (Loew) (3,000; 40-85) 
—“Summer Stock” (M-G) (2d wk). 
Off to about $17,000 following nifty 
$25,000 for opener. 

. Paramount' (NET) (1,700; 40-85) 
—“Fancy Pants” (Par) and “Mod- 
ern Marriage” (Mono) (2d wk). 
Nice $10,500. Last week, $15,000. 

State (Loew) (3,500; 40-85)— 
“Summer Stocks” (M-G) (2d wk). 
Neat $11,000. I^st week, $17,Q00. 




Cleve.; ‘Sunset’ $17,500; 
‘Rose’ Robust 12G, 2d 

Cleveland, Sept. 12. 

Upsurge in key-house takes is 
bringing back managerial smiles.. 
“Our Very Own” at Palace stepped 
out rapidly for a great showing. 
“Sunset Boulevard”' is fine at State 
but not big enough to hold. “Black 
Rose” at Allen looms stout on 
second week. “Tea For Two” is 
okay for initial holdover round. 

Estimates for This Week 4 

Allen (Warners) (3,000; 55-^5)— 
“Black Rose” (20th) (2d wk). Stout 
$12,000/ following woW $25,000 
last week. 

Esquire (Community) (704; 55- 
75)^-“ Johnny Holiday” (UA). Nice 
$3,000. Last week, “If This Be 
Sin” (UA) (2d Wk). Okay $2,800. 

Hipp (Warners) (3,700; 55-75>— ; 
“Tea. For Two” (WB) (2d wk)., Oke 
$11,000 after $17,500 last frame. 

Palace (RKO) (3,300; 55-75>— 
“Our Very Own” (RKO>. Rousing 
$17,000. Holds. Last week, “Woman 
on Pier 13” (RKO> and Louis 
Prim a orch onstage, sock 

State "(.Loew’s)- ' (3,450; 

“Sunset Boulevard” (Par*. Pine 
$17,500, but won’t hold. Last week, 
“Summer Stock” (M-G). $18,500; . 

Stillman (Loew’s* (2,7.00; 55-75) 
—“Summer Stock” (M-G) (m.o.). 
Pitching fancy $8,000. Last week# 
“Furies” (Par), lively $9i000. 


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Washington, Sept. 12. 4 

Spanish film production looks j g r j^ pj^n to Protect 


good for about 50 features this year 
on the basis of the 26 completed 
during the first seven months of 
year,, reports Nathan D. Golden, 


Children in Show Biz 

London, Sept. 5. 

A plan has been drafted to settle 
long tussle in legal circles over the 


Chief of thie Commerce Depart* | employment rif children in the 
ment’s film divlsioh. 1 entertainment world. A .govern- 

y, on nietmW made the 1 ment appointment committee pro- 

For. the 26 plctuies made ' l "* i p0S ed welfare-safeguards In the 

government has issued a i total ot ; intctcsts „f the ml ors. 

31 export licenses which the Span , ^ain points proposed are: A 
ish producers may sell to foreign I n m |t of 80 days’ work a year when 
distributors to obtain additional special provision for education is 

production funds; During. June ! made; a working week of five 
production^ lunas. uu .* . eight-hour days on a film; restric- 

and July alone, 14 impo j tion of stage performances to four 

were issued to the producers as a a week; employment Of private 

reward for 10 films completed, j teacher if child had to be absent 

Soain produced 32 features in 1945, ( from school; medical examination 

’ ; Ao i n i Q 47 in 1948 1 before and after every show; ap- 

38 in 1946, 49 in, 1947, 45 m 1948, potntment of a matron for every 

and 38 in 1949. ( 12 children; and banking of ear n- 

The county has : seen a consider* i jpgs of more than $280 a year with 
able decline in the number, of a county court. 

American pictures shown. During 
the first seven months of this year, i 4 
only 40 Hollywood pictures were 
released for first-run in Madrid, 
compared with 57 during the same 
period last year. Take of our pic- 
tures totaled 60% Of all grosses in 
the Madrid first-runs, a drop from 


Set 12th Venice Fest 


Venice, Sept. 5, 

Announced here that the Bien- 
nale Festival committee has de- 
cided to hold the 12th Venice Film 
Festival in 1951. • It will be held 
here from Aug. 20 to Sept, 10, pre- 
ceded by the second Scientific and 
Art Documentary Festival and the 
Third Festival Of Films for Chil- 
dren. 

Invitations to the various na- 
tions are being sent out through 
official channels. 




While 20th-Fox Shoots 



Indications 


Sydney, Sept. 5, 
are that 20th-Fox 


the 76% registered in 1949. During will stick to the title ’’Kangaroo” 
1949, the U. S. had 105 of its pic- ; for its first Aussie-made Techni- 
tu res released in Madrid. The year ; color pic, with Peter Lawford and 
before the figure was. 134; in 1947 j Maureen O’Hara costarred. Lewis 
it was 141; and in 1946, 150; This «. Milestone is directing, 
year it will be under 100. j Interesting angle is that a local 

. 16m Theatres on Upbeat ^ , outfit, Allied Australian Films Ltd., 

Other countries which Golden headed by the McCreadie Bros, in 
reports on* association with the Harry Brown 

Cuba: Country has about M'**?*^ ^ljeady 

film. theatres in operation with a eompleted. a pic out here called 
seating capacity of approximately The Kangaroo Kid; with _ Jock 
360,000. In addition, there are 145 , 9 D ° u g * a s -Dumbrille 

houses using 16m, mostly in the 5 ! and Veda Jain Borg.. Leslie •Seland- 

sticks, plus six houses, three of ' ^ director, , . 

ih.m in Havana whieh have both 1 “Kangaroo will be distributed 

by 20th-Fox, with ’’Kangaroo Kid” 
handled by Eagle Lion-British 
Empire Films. 


Tokyo; Sept, 5. 

The Communist cell at the Toho 
motion picture studio has been oiv 
dered dissolved and its 14 leaders 
have been purged from public of- 
fice, the Japanese attorney gen- 
eral’s office ItnnoTinced. The disso- 
lution order was issued chiefly be- 
cause of the anti-occupation and 
terroristic activities of the Toho 
cell in recent months, announcer 
ment stated. 

The Toho COniriiunist cell con- 
tained an estimated 150 members. 
The group was largely ‘responsible 
for the protracted Toho. strike of 
1948 which shut down the studio 
for five months and caused Toho 
management to suspend its produc- 
tion schedule indefinitely. Firm 
has kept going with the distrib- 
uting end of its operation, relying 
on the product of the offshoot Shin 
Toho (New Toho) studio or indie 
producers. 

Crackdown follows in the* wake 
of General Mac Arthur’s purging 
last June of Japan Communist big- 
wigs and the closing of red news- 
papers and party organs. 


COMPO Pledges 


Continued from page 4 


is . 


35m and 16m equipment. 

France: The 16m theatre 
growing in France. There are cur 
rontly 1,250 theatres and halls so 
equipped and operating either part 
or full time, In addition, there are 
about 5,500 operators of either mo- 
bile or fixed 16m equipment operat- 
ing in 19,000 communities. Pres- 
ently 14 French firms are making 
16m projectors. 

India: Two more 16m theatres 
have opened, lifting to 12 the num- 
ber of regular commercial thea- 
tres operating with sub-standard 
equipment. In addition, many fac 


19 Transmitters Used 
On Yank’s Korean News 

' Tokyo, Sept. 5. 
Nineteen transmitters of the 
Broadcasting Corp of Japan have 
been pressed into service by U. S. 
officials in Tokyo to beam Ameri- 
can informational broadcasts to 
Korea. Operation is directed by 
equipment in ^auinuon, many \ psychological warfare section in 
tones, mills, mines, etc., enterta n , MaeArthur’s headquarters, which 

swung into action three days after 


Army Tent-Shows 


Continued from page I 


their personnel with 16m films, 
Number of feature pix in 16m size 
is steadily increasing. 


Foreign, U.S. Film 



the Korean reds crossed the 38th 
parallel. 

Both medium and shortwave 
BCJ transmitters are employed, 
usually with no more than nine in 
use at one time. The present 
broadcast schedule includes a. daily 
30-minute newscast and commen- 
tary for South Korea, a daily 15- 
minute newscast at dictation speed 
for South, Korean newspapers and 
radio stations, and daily 30-minute 
visory Unit for Fo rign Films I newscast and commentary for 
shows that the project has benevj North Korea which is broadcast 
filed both overseas filmmake- as : twice on different frequencies, 
well the U S. industry in general. Whenever possible* U. S. officials 
Foreign producers, throujr, ’ a ist- say, Korean networks pick up the 
ance of the unit, have placed three i programs arid rebroadcast them 
pictures with U^S. distributors _at , i'oradditional coverage. 

“favorable terms. Likewise, the 1 


Mutual Co-op Setup 

Report covering the first six 
months’ operati .s of the Motion 
Picture Assn. of. Ai ric V ad- 

Films 


MPAA has ga! ed considerable 
goodwill abroa’d via its program of 
assistance extended producers in 
some 18 film-producing countries. 

Following recent trade screen- 
ings in New York under the unit’s 
a j spices, two Italian films arid one 
—Xrench - entry ..were - acquired for 
‘XU S. distribution by American dis- 
Trrbs. . Italian-made “St inger of 
San Marino,” owned by Countess 
Dorothy di Frasso, wijs picked up 
by Irwin Shapiro’s Films Interna- 
tional. “Passion Of St. Matthew ” 
also an Italian entry, was U ken by 
Lewis Productions, Inc,* while Bill 
Holland’s Hyperion Films! bought 
tile French pic, “Barry.” 

Typical of reactions among for- 
eign producers who have been 
aided by the unit is a statement 
which “St. Matthew” producer 
Bruno Sequin made to T.PAA prez 
Eric Johnston following consum- 
mation of his U.S. distribution deal. 
In a letter j the MPAA chief. 
Sequin praised, the “spirit of nego- 
tiations” and lauded -he program 
of cooperation. Countess di Frasso, 
according to the unit’s executive 
director B. Bernard Krcisler, said 
she placed her film with the 
MPAA’s help after other avenue* 
were exhausted 


Jap Occupation Legit 
Director . Back to U. S. 

Tokyo, Aug. 29. 

Willard Thompson, theatrical pf- 
ficer in the American occupation 
headquarters for the “past three- 
years, has returned to the U. S. to 
prepare for his return to active 
duty- in the Marine Corps, Thomp- 
son was a leatherneck pilot for 
four years during World War II, 
seeing action with the First Marine 
Air Wing in the South Pacific and 
Philippines. He holds a reserve 
commission in t e corps and an- 
ticipates early orders to report 
back. 

As SCAP theatrical officer, 
Thompson has helped Japanese 
producers stage approximately 40 
American, British or French plays 
since tlie surrender, in addition to 
a large number of one-acters arid 
shorter theatrical offerings produc- 
ed by universities and amateur 
groups. Most successful of the com- 
mercial productions under his 
sponsorship were “I Remember 
Mama,” “The Voice of the Turtle,” 
and “Of Mice arid Men.” 


stall ations and portable use. 

Meanwhile, Terrell is proceed- 
ing with plans for a tent-show 
tour this fall and winter of his 
, special in-the-round “Show Boat” 
production, w h 1 c h previously 
played Richard Aldrich’s Cape 
Cod Music Circus, at Hyannis, 
Mass,, and last week concluded the 
season here. The tour will be 
sponsored by Music Circus of 
America Co., of which Terrell is 
manager, with Oscar Hammer- 
stein II, Richard Rodgers and 
Laurence Schwab as silent part** 
ners. 

Besides using a system of plas- 
tic pipes to heat the tent, Terrell 
plans to employ ' a special plastic 
dome for the canvas playhouse, to 
improve the acoustics and permit 
the elimination of the. present 
ampTWiCatiqn system. Technicians 
at the Mass. Institute of Technol- 
ogy are perfecting the device for 
him. 

The Music Circus, firm has tenta- 
tive deals for musical tent-show 
operations next summer in Balti- 
more, Buffalo, San Francisco, 
Minneapolis or St. Paul, and an 
Idaho location to be selected, in 
addition to resuming its season 
here and continuing its Gape Cod 
tieup with Aldrich. Terrell’ is al- 
ready figuring on opening his Lam- 
bertville season of 1951 with the 
first under-canvas presentation Of 
“Carousel,” with an English-lan- 
guage production of Bizet’s “Car- 
men” as the second bill. Both 
productions would be toured to 
other tent-shows irt the Music Cir- 
xus Co; circuit: ; ~ - “t r 1 — 



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trillo’s opinion, is art attempt to 
simulate live programs,, 

Petrillo’s office has written to 
some 20 name bandleaders to 
gather some factual data about , the 
interview practice. Bandleaders 
who received letters over last 
weekend were asked to describe 
how the interviews were put to- 
gether. 

Petrillo’s move is seen as a sure 
prelude to the banning of such in- 
terviews by members of the AFM. 
AFM execs contend that it’s bad 
enough that records are replacing 
musicians on the airlanes without 
bandleaders giving these programs 
the added prestige of live shows* 


of help would be heeded again 

and, in turn, promised * Govern- 
ment backing. » ••• 

The day shook down primarily 
into a series of get-acquainted 
meetings to grease the^ way for 
future working arrangements and 
to start . the wheels of industry- 
government cooperation. 

The COMPO pledge of support 
was given \ by Depinet iri the 
gardens back of the White House 
offices. With the entire delegation 
gathered around, the RKO prexy 
declared: “The. American motion 
picture industry ’grew Up in an at- 
mosphere of freedom. We accept 
the responsibilities which go with 
the privileges of freedom. So we 
are here today, representing all 
branches of the motion picture in- 
dustry, to pledge the aid of our 
cameras arid bur screens. 

“We are at your service and the 
service of the United Nations— 
until peace and freedom are made 
secure.” * 

During the morning, the delega- 
tion, then in session at the<Statler 
hotel, was thanked by Oscar' Ewing 
for COMPO’s pledge of support to 
the Mid--CentuiT Conference of 
Youth to be held in Washington 
in December. COMPO had previ- 
ously passed a resolution endors- 
ing this conference. 

Adjourn to MPAA 
Following a noon visit to the 
White House, the COMPO commit- 
tee Adjourned to the Motion Pic- 
ture Assn. of America for a lunch- 
eon addressed by Assistant Secre- 
tary Barrett. He told about the 
expanded foreign information pro- 
gram just getting under way and 
said bluntly that “American mo- 
tion pictures have more of an im- 
pact abroad than all the things 
the U S. government can do,” 

Iri the new “Truth*’ campaign, 
said Barrett, the best- and biggest 
job. must be done amorig the Rus- 
sian ■ satellites* especially those in 
Eastern Europe. “We haven’t lost 
the propaganda war,”, he; con- 
cluded, “and we have a good 
chance to win it.” 

Later Barrett, Herbert Edward, 
his motion picture specialist, and 
Howland Sargearit of. the State 
Department met with a newly ap- 
pointed COMPO sub-committee 
headed by Cecil B:De Mille, to co- 
operate with the “Voice of Amer- 
ica” program. 

General Collins came in after 
lunch io extend his thaqks to the 
industry for making new pictures 
available for showing In the train- 
ing camps. He assured those pres- 
ent that “our camps will stick to 
the rules and admit only author- 
ized personnel” and said he would 
take cognizance of any complaints 
from distributors of violations. 

In the later afternoon the 
COMPO Committee went to the 
Department of Commerce to meet 
Secretary Sawyer, who promised 
help in any troubles over alloca- 
tions and controls, and assured the 
industry people that they would, be 
dealibg directly with Nathan D* 
Golden, head of the motion pic- 
ture division, who has been allo- 
cated the wartime job. 

Others in the group which went 
to the White House to pledge sup- 
port to President Truman in- 
cluded: Arthur L. Mayer, COMPO 
executive v.p.; Art Arthur, execu- 
tive secretary of the Motion Pic- 
ture Industry Council; William 
Holden, Hollywood Coordinating 
Committee, Myrna Loy, Screen 
Actors Guild; Brenda Marshall, 
Carter T. Barron, Loew’s rep here, 
for - Variety- -Glubs“-I-nfernationMt 
Harry Brandt, president of Inde- 
pendent Theatre Owners Assn.; 
Leo Brecher, president of the Met- 
ropolitan Motiori Picture Theatres 
Assn.; .Roy Brewer, head of the 
AFL Film Council; A. Julian Bry- 
lawski, president of the Motion 
Picture Theatre Owners of Metro- 
politan D.- C. ; Sherrili C. Corwin, 
national v p. of Theatre Owners of 
America; Lauritz Garman, alter- 
nate for Tnieman Rembrisch, of 
the Allied States ; Assn.; Abel 
Green, editor bf Variety, repre- 
senting the picture industry’s 
press; Francis S. Harmon, MPAA 
v.p.; Gunther R. Lessing; for So 
ciety of Independent Motion Pic- 
ture Producers; Abram F, Myers, 
Allied States Assrii board chair- 
man; Joyce O’Hara, executive as- 
sistant to Eric Johnston at MPAA; 


ternational; Edmund Reek, : chair^- 
man of the MPAA newsreel com- 
mittee; Anthony Muto, of Fox 
Movietone; and Richard F. Walsh, 
president of International Alliance 
Theatrical Stage Employees. 



Continued from page 1 


the “Star Time” one-hour variety 
layout on DuMont, the new ANTA 
show preeming next month, the 
Danny Thomas-Ed WynmJimmy 
Durante rotating shows ; the Col- 
gate-sponsored Eddie Cantor, Fred 
AUeri, Martin & Lewis, Bobby 
Clark Sunday night NBC produc- 
tions— -these are all added starters 
this season to the long string of 
carryover variety stanzas that have 
created a bonanza fpr guest talent. 

Actsdtliat got $50Q last year are 
getting rs high as $1,500 this sea- 
son. Milton Berle has upped the 
ante from $1,500 to $2,500 * for 
guests. Ed Sullivan,;, who genera 
ally pays around $750-$l,000 fees 
for guests, is going as high as $3,- 
500. That’s what he’s paying Gloria 
Swanson. NBC’s Saturday night 
“Show of ; Shows” will also pay as 
high as $3,500. $am Levenson, 
who 10 months ago started on TV 
at $100 per shot, is getting $2,500 
a shot when he goes on “Star 
Time.” ' 

And so on down the line. 




Continued from page 1 

$85,400 at the Memorial Audi- 
torium, San Francisco; His Direc- 
tor royalty on “Roberts” is 3% of 
the gross, which was $27,900 at 
the Alvin, N* Y., arid $20,9Q0 at 
the Forrest, Philadelphia. His 
royalty as “Roberts’- co-author is 
slightly less than 2 of the 
gross; 

As one of the four ^ co-producers 
of “South Pacific,” he gets one- 
ninth of the profits, which are es- 
timated to have totalled: around 
$51,000 on both companies last 
week. And as silent partner of 
Leland Hayward in. the presenta- 
tion of “Roberts,” He gets one- 
sixth of the profits, which came to 
an estimated $6,300 on both com- 
panies lasf week. 

If Logan were taking his “Wis- 
teria” royalties (10% as author 
and 3% as director), his week’s , 
earnings would have been in- . 
Creased by nearly $1,500, But he 
has been putting them into an es- 
crow account to be paid to the 
backers in case, as expected, the * 
show fails to recoup its $100,000 
investment. In addition, the au- 
thor-stager is paying the operating 
deficit of any: losing weeks. 

The above figures exclude 
Logan’s royalties and. share of the 
profits, the amount of which is 
not yet clearly indicAted, from the 
London production pf “Roberts.” 



Continued from page X 

sustain. “If an unknown actor is 
right for a particular role,” he said, 
“the public will accept him as will- 
ingly as it accepts an established 
star. ” In addition, he explained, 
casting has become one of the 
greatest problems faced by a film 
producer. “Even. with the number 
of . stars in Hollywood,” he said, 
“there seems to be a shortage of 
talent when you are , trying to cast 
-a-part-the-vvay^he -writeL.anduti=- 
reqtor visualize it.” 

Film which Preminger is now 
lensirig in Montreal is “The Sear- r 
let Pen,” scripted by Howard Koch 
and starring Linda Darnell, Charles 
Boyer arid French actress Fran- 
coise Rosay. About 60% of the pic- 
ture! he said, will be shot in Can- 
ada, since it is a French-based story 
requiring Gallic flavor and bi-liri- 
gual accents. Film will feature Ju- 
dith Evelyn, Guy Sorreir and Rom* 
riey Brent, all from the Broadway 
stage, as well as some 20\French- 
Canadian actors. 




^Trio’ Star To N. Y. For Preem 
London, Sept. 5. 

Jean Simmons, star of J. Arthur 
Rank’s “Trio,” sails for New York 
Sept. 17, to make a personal ap- 
Marc Wolf, alternate to Robert J. | pearance when the picture opens 
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Edinburgh, Sript. 12. 

The current topic here is the- 
planning for the Edinburgh Inter- 
national Festival . pf Music and 
Drama in 1951, which is now set to 
act as a sort of grand finale to the 
1951 "Festival of Britain, Gerald 
Barry, now director of the all-Brit- 
ain festival, is here to dovetail 
plans. He admits the Edinburgh 
event is now an established favor- 
ite among overseas visitors. So, it 
will be closely linked to Britain's 
■Festival.- * 

The 1951 Edinburgh program 
will highlight concerts by the New 
York Philharmonic' Orchestra un- 
der Bruno Walter and Dimitri 
MitropbuloS plus the Royal Phil- 
harmonic under 'Sir; v Thomas 
Beecham. 

Opera will bp shared- by the 
Glyndebourne » and Sadler's Wells 
theatre companies, the latter being 
set! to stage the world preem of 
Ben j amin Britten's ‘'Billy Budd.” 
The Sadler’s Wells Ballet is also 
skedded for here in 1951. . .. 

. Already, as the 1950 show here 
neais its close, appraisal is being 
niade of this year’s Successes. ’ On 
the music side prie of the top hits 
lias •* been the . Glyndebourne 
Opera’s performance of “Ariadne 
auf Naxos.” 

Rosario and Antonio Spore 

Rosario and Antonio have also 
clicked strongly, making their first 
appearance on any British stage. 
They held an Empire Theatre audi- 
ence for a whole performance, , 

Queen Elizabeth has been honor- 
ing plays and opera this week. She 
and Princess Margaret saw. the 
partly-panned “Atom Doctor,- and 
received author Eric Linklater to- 
gether with J ames Bridie. 

The associated Film Festival 
here has an interesting American 
contribution, “Tanglewbod,” film 
record of the Berkshire Music* Fes- 
tival held annually in Tanglewood, 
Mass. This took in a rehearsal and 
performance by the Boston Sym- 
phony Orchestra, conducted by 
Serge Koussevitsky. 

Biggest' transport job of the 1950 
Festival has just been completed 
\Vith : the arrival of the La Scala 
company from Milari-^yirtually a 
full military operation. The’ whole 
of La Scala— everything except the 
building— has come to rthe United 
Kingdom in two partsi* A special 
train brought an orchestra of 143, 
a chorus of 163, a boys’ chorus of 
23, soloists and three conductors. 
Remainder of the company, num- 
bering 100, plus 300 tons of equip- 
ment, reached London Satur- 
day (9). in its 200 years* exist- 
ence La Scala has visited only Vi- 
enna; Paris and Berlin. 


London, Sept. 5. 

Bernard Dejforit’s short Season 
Of Jewish plays in English opened 
at the Saville, Sepjt. 4, with Bella 
and Samuel Spewack's “Spring 
Song.” Presented by the Glasgow 
Unity; Theatre Co., this sordid' East 
Side drama was warmly received, 
mainly for its acting, 

Meier Tzelriikeri, Anna Tzelniker,> 
Yvonne Mitchell, Lilly • Molnar 
scored in leading roles”. Show is 
..in. for four weeks, and will be suc- 
ceeded by Israel Zangwill’s “King 
of Schriorrers.” 




Rennie in 20th-Fox’s ‘Pen’ 

• • , 

Glasgow, Sept. “5. 

. Michael Rennie, British pic star, 
here to make personal in connec- 
tion with new film “Trio,” plans to 
leave soon for location work in 
Canada, . 

He will have a featured part ip 
the new 20th-Fox, “Scarlet Pen,” 
with Linda Darnell and Charles 
Boyer starring, and Franchise 
Rpsay also in cast. Entire, .film 
will be made in streets, offices and 
hotels of Montreal; 


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Paris, Sept. 5, 

Recently completed survey shows 
the period from January to Septem- 
ber this year was ,the healthiest 
state since prewar yeprs for, French 
film production. In this eight-month 
period 75 ’films Vtere started and 71 ’ 
completed with 21 films how in pro- 
duction. In this same production 
period of 1945 only 59 pix were 
finished, while 1949 had 66. This 
increase in production is due in a 
great part to* the government aid 
qxtended ; to producers, * 

France still has a large backlog 
of unreleased pix, and increased 
production may lead to a slowdown 
if the films keep piling up. There 
is still one unreleased pic: made in 
1948, with 18 made in 1949 and 53 
produced in 1950 still waiting re- 
lease.' 

The holdback on. films during the 
unfavorable summer months i$ also 
a factor. This fall will -find a deluge 
of pictures for the first-run market. 


London, Sept. 12; 

Tw o shows, “Will Any Gentle- 
man” and “Accolade,” bowed on 
London’s West End last week to 
favorable press reception. ‘ Former 
entry produced by Linnit & Dun- 
fee, Ltd., and written by Vernon 
Sylvaine opened at the Strand 
Wednesday (6) after a successful 
provincial tryout. 

\A farce,, written around the dith- 
ering personality of Robertson 
Hare who excels himself as a hypr 
noticed nitwit turned adventurer. 
Work was slickly directed by Rich- 
ard Bird. * Piay also boasts a lively 
supporting cast, headed by. Arthur 
Riscoe. 

“Accolade,” new Emlyn Williams 
play starring himself and. Diana 
Churchill, teed off at the Aldwych 
Thursday (7) following a provin- 
cial tour. Play with a Jekyll and 
Hyde theme, deals with a' Nobel 
prize novelist, disgraced following 
knighthood. Williams, superbly 
supported by a cast that includes 
Anthony Oliver, Anthony Nichblls, 
Ruth Dunning, John Stratton, Dora 
Bryan and Noel Willman, triumphs 
in the lead. Directed by Gleri 
Byam Shaw, play, looks like a sure- 
fire entry. ' ' ' 


Dublin, Sept. 12. 

Irish rights of T, S. Eliot’s “The 
Cocktail Party” landed by Stanley 
Illsley and. Leo McCabe who will 
preem the play at Cork Opera 
Hrfuse near the end of this month. 
Illsley will produce.' . 

Same pair have; also set “The 
Heiress” and “The Happiest Days 
of Your Life” for coming season. 
Neither “Cocktail Party” or “Heir- 
ess” have yet been staged in 
Dublin owing to lack of theatres 
to house shows. 








Tel Aviv, Sept. 5. 

Israel’s neutral stand In the cold 
War has resulted in banning 
Metro’s “The Red Danube” and 
“The Conspirators,” and 20th-Fox’s 
“The Iron Curtain.’' 

The Israeli Censorship Board 
felt these films hit the Eastern bloc 
countries. Since Israel’s policy is 
one of non-identification with West 
or East, in its cold war, no films 
of such character will be permitted 
to be shown in Israel for as long 
as this policy is followed by the 
government. 

RKO’s “Bom To Kill” and “Dick 
.Tra cy , ” and-W-amers* ^White Heat” 
were also banned on tfie grounds 
they demonstrated excessive cruel- 
ty. : 


Tokyo, Sept. 5. 

A special theatrical performance 
for occupation personnel, with 
wounded soldiers from Korea now 
in U. S. army hospitals in Tokyo as 
special guests* Was staged by the 
Shochiku Theatrical Co. at its big‘ 
Tokyo theatre. Admission was 
free to some 1,500 allied patrons, 

— Program featured two “kabuki” 
(Japanese classical) plays with 
three of the nation’s top “habuki” 
stars in lead roles, Shochiku out- 
fit said it sponsored the event to 
show its appreciation for the sac- 
rifice U. S. forces are making in 
Korea. 


London, Sept. 12. 

Alicia Markova and Anton Do- 
lin are heading a new ballet com- 
pany called The Festival Ballet. 
Company is how touring the Eng- 
lish provinces before a London sea- 
son at the Stoll theatre for eight 
weeks starting Oct. 24. 

Dolin is artistic director of the. 
company. Leonid Massine has 
staged “Blue Danube” and “Pe- 
trouchka” for it. Markova has been 
ill and out of the company, but 
will rejoin it on tour a week or so 
before it operis in London. 

Markova and Dolin and their 
personal manager, Alfred Katz, ar- 
ranged the new company with the 
Julian Brauns weg organization. 
Natalie Krassovska,, formerly of the 
Ballet Russe, has joined the* troupe, 
as well as a group of English danc- 
ers headed by John Gilpin. Yvette 
Chauvire will come from France 
to dance “Pas de Quatre” with 
Markova, and Dolin is negotiating 
with Mia Slavenska to join the 
company for the last half of the 
London season. 

British Film Toppers 
For All-Industry Pic 

_ ^ London^-Sept^A. 

Many of the biggest names in 
British films are to co-operate in 
the all-industry production venture 
of the “Life of Friese-Greene,” 
which is. to be the British motion 
picture’s contribution to the Festi- 
val of Britain in 1951. Among the 
artists who have already agreed to 
participate are Sir Laurence Oli- 
vier, Ralph Richardson, Alec Guin- 
ness and Margaret Lockwood. 

The film, which is to be made in 
Technicolor, starts rolling at the 
Associated British Elstree stu- 
dios in December. Producer Ron- 
ald : Neame ' and director John 
Boulting are now, readying the 
screenplay with scripter Eric Am- 
bler. , 

All artists and technicians are 
agreeing to defer a portion of their 
salaries on this $700,000 . produc- 
tion. Distribution is being set 

through British Lion. v , , 
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London, Sept. 12; 

John Davis, managing director of 
J, Arthur Rank Organization, is on 
an .extensive tour of Eagle Lion’s 
distribution branches in. Europe to 
examine inter-cooperation, in com- 
pany with EL’s exec, Air Com- 
modore West. 

First visit will be Hamburg' com- 
pany’s top office in Germany, 
Where discussions will be held on 
over product linerup. The two ex- 
ecutives then will visit Brussels for 
distribution talks with Gaumont 
Eagle Lion’s manager, R. Bagot, 
and attend the preem of “Morning 
Departure.” They then go on to 
Hollywood* France and Italy. 


Rank Now Only 2d Most 
Active Brit Director 

London, Sept. 5. 

* J. Arthur Rank, who for several 
years topped the figure of director- 
ships with 64, has this year lost 
top position to Edward Taylor, who 
now leads the field in Britain by 
being director with 69 companies, 
None of Taylor’s companies has 
any connection with the film in- 
dustry. Hence, Rank still ranks 
top man in the picture biz. 


(Figures shoi» weeks of run) 
London,; Sept. 12. 
“Accolade,” AldWich (I). „ 

“Ace of Clubs,” Cambridge (iO).; 
“Brigradoon,” Majesty’s (72). 
“Capt. Carvallo,” St. Jas. (5). 

. “Carousel,” Drury Lane (14). 

-“Cocktail Party,”-- Now- (19)* 

“Dish Ran Away,” Yaude (11). 
“Folies Bergere,” Hipp. (49). 
“Goldep City,” Adelphi (13). 
“Got What Wanted” Ph’nix (4). 
“His Excellency,” Princess (16). 
“Holly and Ivy,” Duchess (18). 
“Home at Seven*” Wyndh’m (27), 
“Ice-Capades,” Empress (16). 
“King Rhapsody,” Palace (51). . 
“Knight’s Madn’ss,” Vic. Pal. (26) 
, “Latin Quarter,” Casino (26); 
“Little Hut ” Lyric (3), 

“Mister Roberts,” Coliseum (8). 
“Oklahoma,” Stoll (171). 

“Ring Around Moon,”. Gl’be (33). 
“Seagulls Sorrento,” Apdllo (13). 
“2nd Tanqueray,” Haymarket (2). 
“Touch & Go,” Wales (16). 
•‘Traveller’s Joy,” Criterion (118) 
“Will Any Gent,” Strand (1). 
“Worm’s View,” Comedv (177), 

. CLOSED LAST WEEK , 
“Eliz. Slept Here.” Strand. (44): 

“Love or Money,” Ambass. (1). 

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Buenos Aires, Sept. 5. 

The 12 years since Marian An- 
derson was last in Argentina have 
in no wise diminished her Argen- 
tine audience, arid her three con- 
certs at the Colon Opera were 
completely sold out. She is now 
due to give a number of popular 
concerts at the Gran Rex theatre. 

She is sp popular here that she 
is applauded when she goes, to a 
restaurant. Miss Anderson has 
also given concerts in Montevideo, 
Uruguay; and in cities in the in- 
terior of Argentina, all big gross- 
ers. General Electric Argentina 
sponsored her two broadcasts over 
the ; Munda web and the Municipal 
radio outlet has carried her Colon 

Opera concerts* 

The German pianist Walter Gie- 
seking is doinj a concert at the 
Colon, which has no prejudices 
against performers who accepted 
the Nazi doctrines in Hitler’s Ger- 
many. 

The grosses at the Colon Thea- 
tre for the four concerts given 
earlier in August by Yehudi Menu- 
hin amounted to around $41,000 
.(U.S.), while thre.e other concerts, 
two in Buenos Aires itself and one 
in La Plata gross close to $16,- 
000, in spite of the abundance of 
world-famous , long-hair t a lent 
which has come here this year. 


Mexico City, Sept. 12. 

Branding as totalitarian the na- 
tional cinematographic law, enact- 
ed last year ( enforcement of which 
is . impending) , the Mexican pic 
trade has aroused the national 
cinematographic chamber to go ‘to 
bat against it.. Also enlisted to fight 
it is the confederation of industrial 
chambers which agrees that tlie law 
can set a dangerous state-intervem' 
tion precedent for other industries 
in Mexico. ■ 

Announcing that the government 
Wants to be fair to all, J. Jesjiis Cas- 
tillo Lopez, chief of national cine- 
matographic board, Andres Serra 
Rojas, prexy ef trade’s own bank, 
and Ernesto Santos Galindo, repre- 
senting the trade, Were named to 
hear. .and sift pll -opinions' about the 
measure. 

Chamber bites; several clauses in 
explaining' the trade’s outcry of 
totalitarianism in this law. Also 
the trade brands it unconstitutional 
on the ground that the statute 
Would virtually place the Mexican 
pic industry under government con- 
trol, which the constitution forbids. 
Pointed out that the law demands 
that the board; pick: the films whic’i 
exhibitors may screen and fix the 
number of hours exhibition for 
each pic. Also that unless cinemas 
striotly obey’ the law, the govern- 
ment can take over and operate 
the housed, as welLas book them. 

Producers resent the law, since it 
demands that they must give the 
board a .copy of pvery pic the: 
make so that ai hatibnal 1 cinema-' 
tographic library - can be founded. 
Distributors object to the measure 
because it provides that whenever 
there is a stockpile' of ; Mexican 
pix, the board can .take over and 
arbitrarily, distribute, such pix to 
cinemas. 




Bilbao, Epain, Sept. 5. 

An American circus is pack- 
ing them in in Spanish towns. 
Billed as “Will Schow West,” With 
“Bunalo Bill” as headliner, they’ve 
been playing to SRO every night. 
The troupe is costumed as co\v- 
boys arid Indians, with gals in 
brief shorts, most; unusual in this 
country. “Bill” and his wife are 
the only Americans in the outfit. 
Others are circus acts, from Ger- 
many, Austria, Lithuania, Eng- 
land, Canada and Spain. 

The Spanish public is warm 
towards anything American. Imi- 
tation of Roosevelt gets biggest 
hand in the show. Next best goes 
to the Lithuanian acrobats, the 
Cervantes family. CroWd liked 
everything. The performance be- 
gins at 11 p.m., the usual hour 
here, Admission runs from 12c 
to 75c. 

Foreign Stars Cast For 


. Rome, Sept. 5. 

Meteor Film Co. of. Weisbaden, 
Germany, will briftg a company of 
18, ihcluding Actors and techni- 
cians, for the filming of exteriors 
for pic* “Hochzeitsnacht im Para- 
dies,” However, no Germans are 
set for star roles. 

Ernst Marischka,* who did the 
recent “Passion of St, Matthew,” 
adapted the story for the pic from 
an operetta of Heinz Henschke, 
with the music of Friedrich 
Schroeder. All are well known 
to the Austrian music lovers of a 
few years past. Geza von Bolvary 
of Hungary will direct. 

Claudine Farrell, French actress, 
and Hollander Johanner Heesteys 
Will do the leads; This one is the 
first time that foreigners have 
played in. a German film, made in 
Italy. 

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Mexico City* Sept. 5. 

Mexico definitely will be de- 
prived of all foreign working 
showfolk if the government corn- 
tinues its new policy of insisting 
that alien troupers can’t double 
into theatres, and nightclubs. Rule 
is they cari only work down here 
only in theatres or in riiteries, but 
not both simultaneously Francisco 
Benitez, secretary general ,of the 
national theatrical federation, out* 
lined how . this ruling will hit biz. 

Benitez claims the policy makes 
playing Mexico unprofitable for 
foreigners as neither theatre nor 
niterie impresarios can pay them 
enough to warrant singling. Weak 
peso in terms of dollars hurts since 
really good imported talent only 
works for dollars. 

Beriitez indicated the govern- 
ment fehrs that doubling keeps 
Mexican entertainers out of jobs. 
Such is riOt the case, Benitez con- 
tends citing that its the. merit of 
the individual performer that de- 
cides his arid her playing time. 

Benitez as well as theatre and 
riitery impresarios are conferring 
with Ernesto P. Uruchurtu, sub- 
secretary of the interior, who has 
direct charge of enforcing the 
policy, in an effort to have the 
measure killed or at least modi- 
fied. ' 

Mexico Tourist Biz Soars 
Mexico, Sept. 5. 

Tourist trade was big during the 
year ended Aug. 31, with the entry 
of 298,000 visitors or 121,000 more 
than during— the—previous— year.— 
President Miguel Aleman an- 
nounced Ihis upbeat in his special 
annual message on the opening of 
the, 1950-51 federal legislature. , 

‘Cinderella’ Set for Italy 

Venice, Sept. 5. 

“Cinderella” (RKO-Disney) has 
been taken over by Giovanni itiz- 
zoli for distribution in Italy. . Riz- 
zoli, an Italian millionaire from 
Milan, is the publisher of several 
magazines and film weeklies. Cur- 
rently; he is backer of Rossellini s | 
“St. Francis,” and plans to angel 1 
his future productions. - 

He went to the Venice Festival 
in a big yacht having a crew of 
30, Rizzoli, came from an>orphan- 
age at the age of . 16 without a 
cent, but now ift his 50’s, he. Ua» 
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PICTURES 15 


Inside Stuff— Pictures 

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Council of Motion Picture Organizations* executive vice-president* 
Arthur L. Mayer, takes a slap at censorship of motion pictures in the 
October issue of Esquire. Mayer describes his post and duties aa of- 
ficial censor for the American Military Government ip Germany for. 
over a year, and defined the censorship job there as-justifiable, “since 

we were consciously working toward the reorientation of a still dan- 
gerous, if conquered, people.’* He attacks censorshfp.pressures in the 
U S. by exhibitor groups* by state and local governments, by church 
groups, and by the industry itself through the Motion Picture Assn, of 
America's Production Code Authority. He summarizes: “What I should 
like to see guarded is not our private morals — in a good society there 
are plenty of firm safeguards for virtue~but our public welfare.’* . 

Commonwealth circuit president H. E. Jameyson takes a swipe at 
undue criticism of Hollywood and Hollywood product in the Missouri 
80 -house circuit’s fall advertising pressbook. In a full-page article on 
the front cover of the book, which uses the Variety frontpage name- 
plate, he points out that American films are a target for Communists 
because “with all of its sins of omission and commission the movie is 
a reasonable facsimile of American culture, folkways and mores.” 

As to advertising, Jameyson presses for simpler language in ads, for 
use of common vernacular and idiom. He asks for and prepares ads 
to talk to patrons “as most of you (Commonwealth managers) would 
talk to them in ordinary conversation.” 


Metro came up with still another facet for the film industry’s inten- 
sified public relations drive this week. Company ordered its recording 
subsidiary, M-G^M Records, to press a new tune, “Let’s Go Out to the 
Movies,” to which it plans to give the full, disk jockey, radio and sheet 
music ballyhoo. Tune, played by the Korn Kobblers, is being published 
by Robbins Music, also an M-G affiliate. 

To convince more exhibs to use the record in lobbies, for recessional 
music, etc., Metro is offering it ta theatres or exhib organizations on a 
non-profit basis — 30c each, instead of the usual 79c retail price. Sev- 
eral New York circuits have already placed orders for the disks. 


Metro has Instituted a new policy of screening one of its top new 
features for its board members at the conclusion of their homeoffice 
meetings the first Wednesday each month in an attempt to show them 
the type of product the Company is turning out, instead of merely 
talking about it as has been done heretofore. While several of the 
directors are company homeoffice execs, several others do not hold such 
positions and so usually don’t see the pictures until they open in a 
theatre, Company last week (6) screened “King Solomon’s Mines” 
following the board meet. 


Conveying a report from Dr. Karl Murdock Bowman, who is back in 
the U. S. after a study of army psychiatric casualties in* Korea, Kenneth 
Banghart on his NBC program last Thursday (7) discussed the impor- 
tance of the motion picture in providing battle-weary G. I.’s with tem- 
porary means of escape from nervous tension, Filins are screened in 
any place remotely suitable for a theatre — barn, potato patch or an 
abandoned rice warehouse, Banghart related. Bowman’s report was 
that the U. S. troops in Korea, who are veterans of World War II, are 
finding the fighting with the Reds the toughest yet. 


Unique cross-plug idea has been worked out by 20th-Fox for its up- 
coming “Mr. 880” with WCBS, CBS radio outlet in N. Y. Plugs, sched- 
uled to begin the week before “880” opens at the Broadway Roxy (Sept. 
29), read: “For your favorite radio program, turn to 880 on your dial. 
For your favorite movie, see ‘Mr, 880’ at the Roxy theatre.” Under the 
deal 20th reportedly gets one-and-a-half commercials for each one paid 
for. 


By sheer coincidence in scripting, Alida Valli, Italian screen star, 
appears to be doing a sequel to her role in “White Tower” in her new 
forthcoming picture, “Walk Softly, Stranger.” In “Tower” she had a 
part concerned with mountain climbing; in “Stranger” she is a cripple 
as the result of a fall while climbing a mountain. 

Miss Valli plays in the latter film entirely from a wheelchair. RKO 
is releasing both pix. 


First person to benefit by Century Theatres’ retirement plan is 
cashier Ethel M. Bryan, who drew her initial pension check recently. 
Now 65, she joined the New York metropolitan circuit in 1911, when 
it operated but one house, ’the Linden, Brooklyn, Chain inaugurated 
the pension plan June 1, 1946, 


Charles K. Feldman will pay Tennessee Williams $375,000 for screen 
rights to “The Glass Menagerie” over a period of 10 years at the rate of 
$37,500 per annum. Budget for the picture, made at Warners, was 
$1,179,500. Of this sum, Warners contributed $968,000 and Feldman 
the remainder. Irving Rapper drew $50,000 as director. 


Universal’s opera set, where Lon Chaney frightened the folks a 
quarter-century ago in “The Phantom of the Opera,” is being dusted 
off for the first time in years. This time it will be used by Republic 
for sequences in “Belle Le Grand,” co-starring Vera Ralston and 
John Carroll. 


Communication from California Trust Bank discloses that the late 
showman Sid Grauman’s square handle is Sidney Patrick Grauman, 
and that the bank and Gertrude Skall .are the duly appointed admin- 
istrators of the late showman’s estate. He died March 5, 1950. 


‘Skip-a-Long’ No Vidpic, 

So Moore-Lessy Team 
Skips Out of Pic Deal 

Hollywood, Sept. 12. 

Disagreement as to whether 
deal called for telefilm or feature 
film work led to cancellation of 
the pact between Patti Moore and 
Ben Lessy to appear ' in Wally 
Kline productions, Sammy Lewis, 
husband-manager of Miss Moore, 
said the original deal was for a 
series of telefilms with Maxie 
Rosenbloom, and that this later 
was changed to a feature western 
tagged “Skip - A - Long Rosen- 
bloom. ” He cancelled the pact 
because he did not want the com- 
edy duo to appear in a feature 
western. 

_ Spokesman for Kline said the 
mm was planned as a feature and 
that it was never considered as a 
vidpic project. 


Cleve. Photog to Korea 

Cleveland, Sept. 12. 

Frank Koza, newsreel camera^ 
man. and former manager of Tele- 
news Theater here, flew to Tokyo 
Monday (IT) on a last-minute ap- 
pointment to cover the Korean 
war for Telenews Productions, Inc. 

Taking the place of Ken Inouye, 
the chain’s Far-East photographer 
who was killed in an airplane crash 
in Japan Sept. 7, Koza had less 
than one day to prepare for the 
sudden assignment. 


Daff Maps U Tour 

Back in N, Y. after a Coast visit 
and a view of the company’ recent- 
ly completed pictures, A1 Daff, 
head of Universal’s foreign depart- 
ment, is now planning a trip to 
South America. 

Daff has not toured the territory 
since he replaced Joseph Seidel- 
man in the top foreign spot. He 
probably will tour the key S. A. 
cities in November, hut a specific 
itinerary has yet to be set. 


KOREA WAR HALTING 
COMMERCIAL PIX 

Hollywood* Sept. 12. 

The war is taking bites out of 
the commercial film production 
business in Hollywood. Many 
manufacturers, with threats of gen- 
eral warfare in the offing, are 
slashing their orders for commer- 
cial pictures and converting their 
plants for production of military 
material. 

No less than 10 cancellations 
have been reported by commercial 
producers within* the last two 
weeks, wiping out deals ranging 
from $40,000 to $100,000 apiece. 


Doug Fairbanks Joins 
Sol Lesser as Partner 
In Proi-Distrib Co. 

Douglas Fairbanks, Jr„ has 
joined producer Sol Lesser as a 
partner in newly-formed Principal 
Pictures International, which has 
far-reaching plans for production 
abroad, importation of foreign pix 
grooved for the art situations and 
joining up to 300 U. S. houses for 
showing of alien product. Also in 
the outfit are actor Jean Hersholt 
and Sherrill Corwin, president of 
the Metropolitan' Theatres of Los 
Angeles, as board members. 

Back in the States after six 
months abroad, Lesser unveiled 
plans to produce Upton Sinclair’s 
“Lanny Budd, American” in Ger- 
many in association with Erich 
Pommer and Arthur Brauner, lat- 
ter of CCC Studios, Berlin. Pom- 
mer, functioning as European ex- 
ecutive producer, is due in N. Y. 
from Germany on Sept. 30 to assist 
in selection of an American direc- 
tor for the film. 

Long-range production, sked in 
Africa also is in view for Lesser, 
who has' acquired permanent film- 
ing facilities in Kenya Colony, 
British East Africa. He has in mind 
seven-year program, including one 
Tarzan jungle pic annually, plus 
other independent productions. 

On home front, the plan is to im- 
port 15 releases annually for Prin- 
cipal, with two from Italy already 
acquired. These are “The Son of 
D’Artagnan,” produced by Raffaela 
Colamohici, and “Twin Trouble,” 
dubbed comedy which Lesser co- 
produced with Marquis TheOdoli. 

The theatre group he hopes to 
set up for th*e imports will partici- 
pate in the profits of the national 
distribution here in addition to in- 
dividual house receipts. The idea 
is to bring the total to 300 through 
some lease acquisitions, 'franchise 
arrangements and inclusion of 
some of’ Lesser’s own situations on 
the Coast. 

Branching out in another direc- 
tion, Lesser also is organizing 
Cinema Merchandise Corp. Inter- 
national, which will create and su- 
pervise novelties, tieins and exploi- 
tation for his productions. Firm 
will be managed by Julian Lesser, 
president of Thalia Production. 
Initial campaigns will be directed 
to the Tarzan series and “Lanny 
Budd.” 

Eric R. Pleskow has been 
named European representative 
for Sol Lesser Productions to 
supervise, distribution, serve as 
liaison oh European productions 
and acquire distribution rights to 
European product for U. S. art 
theatre presentation.. He will sail 
for his Frankfort headquarters on 
the Queen Mary tomorrow (14). 

Pleskow has served as assistant 
general manager of the Motion 
Picture Export Assn, and U* S. 
film? ; officer in Munich. 


Chi Outfit Maps 3 

More ‘American’ Pix 

Chicago, Sept. 12s 

Central National Picture Corp., 
indie production Outfit which de- 
buted with “Golden Gloves Story,” 
is planning at least three more 
productions with “typically Amer- 
ican” themes imposed on sports 
background, according to corpora- 
tion officer Sidney Libit, No pro- 
duction dates are set, however. 

Outfit’s first effort, which had 
received exploitation backing from 
the Chicago Tribune, was self- 
subsidized, and all production 
costs were met within the organ- 
ization. According to Libit, the 
indie has not had^-and will not re- 
ceive-— any financial backing from 
outside sources. 

In addition to Libit, Wallace 
Shlopak and Henry Lindauer 
round out the three-man setup. 
All three are Chicago attorneys. 


M’s ‘Eve 




Matarc, Land Mishaps 
Defer “Winds’ Till Spring 

Hollywood, Sept. 12. 

Production of “Wild Winds” has 
been postponed by 20th-Fox until 
next spring* due to accidents /sus- 
tained by Victor Mature and John 
Lund on location in Missoula, 
Mont. 

Former suffered leg injuries in 
a motorcycle accident and' Lund, 
bitten by a wasp, has a badly 
swollen neck. Decision to bring 
troupe back to studio before shoot- 
ing actually got underway also was 
prompted by advices that adverse 
weather* including snow, probably 
would prevent completion of film 
this fall. 


BIG TRIO’ PREMIERE 
FOR RUNYON FUND 

Paramount is planning an elab- 
orate world premiere of the J. Ar- 
thur Rank production of “Trio” at 
the Sutton theatre, N. Y., on Oct. 

9 as a benefit for the Damon Run- 
yon Cancer Fund. * The major is 
distributing the film in the western 
hemisphere. 

Sidney Box, who produced for 
Rank; W. Somerset Maugham, au- 
thor of the three stories which 
form the subject matter for the! 
picture, and Jean Simmons, who 
stars in one of its episodes, all will 
participate in the debut cere- 
monies. Preem is being sponsored 
by syndicated columnist Leonard 
Lyons. 

Maugham is due in N. Y. Sept. 
27 on the Queen Mary. Box ar- 
rived yesterday (Tuesday) on the 
same ship, .and Miss Simmons is 
due by plane next Monday (18). 
Paramount and Rank are sharing 
the expenses of Miss Simmons’ trek 
across the sea, while Doubleday, 
the publishers, sponsored Mau- 
gham’s trip. 

Mrs. Ruby Schinasi is chairman 
of premiere arrangements. 


Sues His 2 Brothers To 
Balk Theatre Operation 

Kansas City, Sept. 12. 

Circuit Court Judge Joe W. Mc- 
Queen has taken under advisement 
an application by Edward D. Pur- 
wood (nee Dubinsky) for an in- 
junction to keep his two brothers 
from operating a theatre in St. 
Joseph, Mo. 

Durwood, prez of Durwood The- 
atres, Inc., alleges his brothers, Ir- 
win and H. W. Dubinsky, are vio- 
lating a contract by operating the 
business and also using his name, 
Dubinsky Bros. Theatres, Inc. Cur- 
rent legal fracas is an echo of *946 
settlement over use of name and 
operations, in four nearby cities 
which Durwood insists has been 
broken. 

Earlier the courts refused to dis- 
miss Durwood’s original petition 
and granted attorneys for both 
sides until Sept. 9 to file briefs. 
Defendants (which include Ruth 
Dubinsky, of Tuscon, widow of Bar- 
ney Dubinsky, another brothei;) had 
moved to dismiss the petition on 
grounds of insufficient evidence. 


Number of exhibitors who have 
been toying with the idea of hik- 
ing their admission prices because 
of increased operating costs may 
try’ it out with 20th-Fox’s upcom- 
ing “All About Eve.” While 20th, 
under the anti-trust decree, is not 
permitted to demand a boost in 
b.o. scales on the film, many ex- 
hibs believe the “scheduled per- 
formances” plan under which 20th 
is attempting ; to sell the film 
makes it a natural for the experi- 
ment, since the plan is basically 
the same as roadsholving. 

Andy W. Smith, Jr., 20th’s sales 
veepfee, last week revealed the con- 
tractual details of the “scheduled 
performances” plan and outlined 
the company’s thinking on how it 
should work in theatres. Con- 
tracts, which go out to the 
branches this week, include only 
one formal stipulation— that ex- 
hibs must agree not to book “Eve” 
on a double bill. The “scheduled 
performance” idea is carried 
merely as a “request” In the con- 
tract, with the following notations: 

“No patron is to be seated after 
the picture starts; the theatre is to 
be cleared after each performance, 
with the schedules to be lined up 
accordingly; tickets for each per- 
formance may be sold in advance, 
and the picture, plus the special 
exhibition plan* is to be advertised 
at least two weeks in advance ‘so 
as to acquaint patrons with the 
policy* arid with the ‘efforts made 
to present it under the most favor- 
able circumstances for the pub- 
lic’.” 

Smith said 20th^ plans to adver- 
tise, via trailers and newspapers, 
the above information. He sug- 
gested that theatres ppening early 
in the morning should have riot 
more than four • shows per day, 
with those usually opening at 1 
p.m. scheduling only three shows 
except on Saturdays. (Film runs 
128 minutes.) “It is our thought,” 
he added, “that tickets should be 
sold as far in' advance as possible 
and that these tickets should indi- 
cate the date on which they be- 
come available and the scheduled 
time of the performance they 
cover. This does not mean re- 
served seats, but it does mean that 
anybody may buy a ticket in ad- 
vance &nd Will find a seat in the 
theatre when he presents his 
ticket.” 

Sinith further suggested that the 
entire show with “Eve” should in- 
clude a newsreel and a cartoon or 
some other short so that the en- 
tire program does not run over 
three hours. 


Wald-Krasna 

Continued from, page 5 


20th-Fox Sues Md. 

Exhibs on % Reports 

Baltimore, Sept. 12. 

Under-reporting of receipts on 
percentage pictures is charged by 
20th-Fox in a U. S. district court 
action against Frederick B. Klein 
and Charles W. Wingfield, operat- 
ing the Churchill theatre, Church- 
ill, and the Chester, Chestertown, 
both Maryland. Inspection of de- 
fendants’ records will be asked to 
determine alleged • damages. 

R. Dorsey Watkins of Piper, 
Watkins, Arivett & Egerton, Bal- 
timore, is. attorney for the plaintiff, 
with Sargoy & Stein of N. Y. 
principal counsel. 


Texas Booth Blaze 
Abilene, Texas, Sept. 12. 

Gas masks were used by firemen 
to combat a blaze which broke out 
in the projection room of the 
Broadway here. Fire was confined 
to the projector and film. Auto- 
matic device on the projector 
closed when film ignited. Patrons 
remained seated until informed 
by Mrs. Likins that the showing 
would be discontinued. 


each film, using film title as song 
title, as added exploitation device. 

Five-point merchandising pro- 
gram was worked out with Depinet, 
Robert Mochrie, distribution chief; 
Phil Reisman, foreign head; S. 
Barrett McCormick, advertising, 
and Perry Lieber, studio publicity. 
Intention is to work more closely 
with the sales and publicity de- 
partments in furnishing exhibs 
with direct help in selling their 
pictures. 

Plan calls for a “film merchan- 
dising manager” who will head- 
quarter at the studio and act as 
liaison between producers, h. o., 

( the sales force ancb theatremen 
' around the country. He’ll sit in on 
! all story, casting and production 
talks to provide suggestions for 
| both audience and sales appeal. 
Copies ■of~basi'c story material," to- 
gether with preselling ideas are 
to be given the ad-pub and sales 
departments immediately upon 
skedding the pix. Long-range ad- 
selling campaigns will begin when 
story is purchased, with early 
emphasis to be placed on national 
advertising arid merchandising tie- 
ups anywhere from four to six 
•months before the release date. 

Deal is cooking for Paul Munt 
and Claire Trevor to take over two 
of four co-starring roles in “The 
Harder They Fall,” which Wald- 
Krasna will make as their first for 
RKO. Pair will play a fight man- 
ager and his wife. Arthur Kennedy 
is set as the fighter but the femme 
lead still is unsigned. . , 

Tom Gries has checked—m at 
RKO as aide to Wald-Krasna on 
talent and stories, shifting from 
assistant to George Glass, Stanley 
Kramer Productions veepee. 


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M-G-M adds another top-grosser to its Technicolor Musical 
Parade : "Annie Get Your Gun,” "Duchess Of Idaho,” 
"Three Little Words.” And watch for "Toast Of New 
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—In 5 cities it beats Thanksgiving records of "Adam’s Rib.” 
—Six day gross in Worcester is *184 less than "Battleground.” 


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Wednesday, September 13, 1950 


PICTURES 


17 




Each Pact Amendment 



Los Angeles, Sept. 12. 

Talent agents and their lawyers 
were thrown into a flurry by the 
recent decision of the California 
State Labor Commission which 
voided the agency contract be- 
tween Famous Artists and Robert 
Wise, film director. Now they Ore 
wondering how many : more con- 
tracts are like that - The Famous 
Artists-Wise pact Was nullified be- 
cause an amended letter of agree- 
ment was added to . the standard 
contract form. 

The original agreement, signed 
in 1944, had attached a letter 
which provided that the pact 
would run for Seven years after 
he left the employ of RKO, where 
he was engaged at that time. In 
effect, the letter extended the con- 
tract over an indefinite period. 

' The Labor ■ Commission ruled 
that there can be no amendments 
to the standard contract form un- 
less such amendments are, scrutin- 
ized and approved individually. 
Next move is up to the California 
Superior court. 


Continued from page 7 


will be sources of discussion dur- 
ing the year. It was thought by 
the negotiators, however, that at- 
tempts to foresee every possible 
interpretation would have made 
their task, interminable, and that 
the present more-or-less skeletop- 
ized form on detail was prefer- 
able, particularly since all coin 
would be unfrozen anyway. 

$17,000,000 Guarantee - 

There was about $34,000,000 in 
U. S. earnings in Britain during 
the past year and the Americans 
are counting on the new deal to 
absorb that much in earnings next 
year plus $7,635,000 which will 
have been previously accrued as 
of the Oct. 1 date. Convertibility 
is guaranteed for $17,000,000, with 
another $4,000,000 possible in 
bonuses in three categories and 
the rest usable; for production, 
printmaking, paying salaries of 
employees in the sterling zone 
and/or some 24 other purposes, . 

Production by Yank firm util- 
ized about £3,000,000 ($8,400,000) 
of their blocked sterling last year. 
Under the bonus plan, the same 
quantity of production during the 
next year will give the American 
companies who make pix in Eng- 
land additional convertibility of 
$1,960,000. 

This is worked out in the agree- 
ment by providing that the Yank 
producers get added convertibility 
amounting to 23% Of anything they 
spend on picturemaking. Thus, 
23% of the £3,000,000 spent last 
year equals approximately £700,- 
000, which in turn equals about 
$1,960,000. 

In addition to this convertibility, 
of course, the producing company 
will also have used up out of its 
sterling supply the amount needed 
to make the pix on which the 23% 
is being figured. Thus, it will be 
scraping at its frozen sterling from 
two directions at once, and this 
incentive is expected to hypo pro- 
duction by U. S. firms in England. 

Bonus Allowances 

Second bonus allows for con- 
vertibility of a sum equal to 50% 
of sterling expenditures by Ameri- 
cans for outright purchase of 
western hemisphere rights to Brit- 
ish pix. Third bonus is converti- 
bility... of a sum. equal to 50% of 
sterling paid to British interests 
resulting from distribution of their 
product in the western hemisphere. 

Since all the figures used in 
working out the percentages were 
from the eight rftajor companies, 
the negotiators employed the as- 
sumption that these companies rep- 
resented 95% of U. S. earnings in 
Britain and that the indies thus 

represented 5%. 

. Pact was basically negotiated 
in July by Eric Johnston, 
MPAA prez; Ellis G. Arnall, 

SIMPP prez, and James A. 

Mulvey, repping SIMPP. Details 
were, worked out' by MPAA 

London rep Fayette W. Allport, 

who explained the whole deal to 
l^PAA members at the session at 
which they okayed it last week, 
Arnall gave the lowdown to his. 
Jnembership at a session on the 
Coast, 


$7,500,000 Loan 


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made 'for the reason that produc- 
tion-distribution had been lagging 
far behind exhibition so far as 
earnings were concerned. Thus, 
bolstering the cash reserves of the 
new picture firm put them both on 
a more or less equal basis as they 
went their separate ways last 
Jan. 1. 

The RKO plan . for reorganiza- 
tion, which is due on Jan. 1, 1951, 
similarly calls for transfer of $10,* 
000,000 in theatre company money 

to the new picture ouW * 

The npw National Theatre mon- 
etary deal is in the form . of an 
amendment .to a loan, made in. 1946. 
That provided $20,000,000. via is- 
suance of $12,000,000 in deben- 
tures to Metropolitan Life Insur- 
ance Co. and $8*000,000 in credit 
from the Chase National Bank, 
N. y., and the Bank of America 
in Los Angeles, Repayments had 
reduced this total to $16,800,000 as 
of last July 1. The new borrow- 
ing of $7,500,000 was arranged with 
the. two banks. 

Asa further step in anticipation 
of divorcement, 20th-Fox : also has 
plans for retirement of its two pre- 
ferred stock issues .to simplify the 
capital. structure. The corporation 
has outstanding 152,929 shares of 
$1.50 cumulative preferred Securi- 
ties, which may be called at $35 
per share; and 74,469 of $4.50 prior 
preferred, which may be called at 
$100 per share. 

Actually there has been a hiatus 
of about Six weeks in 20th-Fox’s 
conferences With Government at- 
torneys on terms for .divorcement 
but that the two sides are Very 
close to agreement has been indi- 
cated. Reason for the lull is that 
Philip Marcus, who took the case 
for the Government when, prosecu- 
tor Robert Wright , left U. S. em- 
ploy at the end of last winter, has 
been in Oregon arguing another 
suit. The 20th-Fox divorcement 
talks will be resumed in Washing- 
ton, it is expected, upon 'his return 
late this month. _ 


MONMA look to 

46-PICTDKE SCHEDULE 

Hollywood, Sept. 12. 

<Total of 46 pictures will be re- 
leased 'by Monogram . and Allied 
Artists during the 1950-51 season, 
it was announced by Steve Broidy, 
president of both companies, at 
their annual three-day sales con- 
vention. Gf these pix, Monogram 
will supply 40 and Allied Artists 
six. 

Expressing optimism over the fu- 
ture prosperity of the companies, 
Broidy . declared the sales quota 
for the season had been set at $12,- 
500,000, a boost of $2,000,000 over 
any season in the past* 




Continued from page 2 


Dmytryk in association with Rod 
Geiger and J. Arthur Rank. 

Festival, which preemed Aug. 20 
on a highly festive scale, . nose- 
dived in activity after the opening 
Week. War scare presumably kept 
most Americans away, and Euro- 
peans, apparently Waiting until the 
event got under way, didn't ap- 
pear in any great numbers until 
this week. Little buying activity 
was consummated, .as most foreign 
film distributors remained on the 
sidelines as spectators. 

To further any buying of films, 
the festival authorities this year 
set up a special “mercato," or film 
market, in the city of Venice, not 
at the Lido Island where the fete 
has been held, innovation drew 
good response and will probably 
continue as a permanent part of 
future festivals. Films screened 
at the market were not competing 
for prizes and thus did not have 
to conform to any artistic stand- 
ards. Producer having a film for 
sale must pay about $65, plus ex- 
penses of the screening room, and 
then can invite whomever he 
pleases. 




Continued from page 4 


to take the place of a stageshow. 

First of the ; concert films was 
finished last week on . the C oasts . 
Titled “Music — Now and Forever," 
the picture features Artur Rubin- 
stein, Jascha Heifetz, Jan Peerce, 
Nadine Connor and Dimitri Mitro- 
poulos conducting the N.Y. Phil- 
harmonic. -Deems Taylor is nar- 
rator. Filrrr also spotlights several 
ballet sequences presented by im- 
presario Sol Hurok, who is coop- 
erating in production of the series 
with World Artists. 

Twentieth hasn't yet announced 
its selling policy on the concert 
series, which are to be handled by 
the shorts department under the 
supervision of Peter Levathes. It's 
expected the company- will seek 
flat deals for them in general 
situations, same as with a second 
feature on a regular bill. In situa- 
tions where they may be booked 
as the top feature, such as art 
houses, 20th might ask for per- 
centage terms* 


Hollywood, Sept. 12. 

RKO signed Frankie Carle orch 
for two numbers in its “Footlight 
Varieties" ... Edward L. Alperson 
appointed AI Zimbalisi as his ex- 
ecutive assistant with “The Sword 
. of Monte Cristo" as his first assign-* 
fment '. vv “Highway; 301" is the 
release tag. on "The Big Stickup" 
at- - Warners * . Phyllis Avery 

makes her screen bow as femme 
lead in “The Gossamer World," 
first of three episodes in Robert 
Stillman's “Queen For a Day" . . . 
Mid-Century Films, new indie pro- 
duction unit-, bought “Murderer," 
authored by John Jacoby and 
Anne Lazio . . . Virginia Mayo will 
divide top femme billing with 
Doris Day in “Miss America" at 
Warners . , . Adolph Green switch- 
ed from scripter to actor for a role 
in “Aii American in Paris'' at 
Metro. 

William Cameron Menzies will 
direct “Drums of the Deep South," 
Civil War yarn to be produced by 
the King Brosk<4n Cinecolor, start- 
ing in October . * . Harry Horner 
signed as art director on “He Ran 
All the Way" for Roberts Produc- 
tions ... Jerry Wald and Norman 
Krasna talking deal to star Eleanor 
Parker in two pictures they will 
make for RKO. Wald-Krasna also 
bought Raymond Hakim's screen 
rights to the Emile Zola novel, 
“The Human Beast," and “Cow- 
poke," rodeo yarn authored by 
David Dortort . . . Lt. Comm. R. C. 
Cannon will function as liaison 
between the Coast Guard and Re- 
public in the filming of “Fighting 
IT.S. Coast Guard." 

Metro's Pete Smith Specialty, 
“Table Toppers," will be whooped 
up -in a national campaign by three 
pocket billiard champs, Willie 
Mosconi, Jimmy Caras and Charlie 
Peterson . . . Robert Merrill signed 
multiple - picture contract, with 
Metro, to go into effect whenever 
the singer is at liberty from his 
Metropolitan Opera roles . . * Alan 
Ladd will star in “The Submarine 
Story," Joe Sistrom production 
which John Farrow will direct for 
Paramount . . . Normandy Produc- 
tions* Inc., organized by Arthur 
Ripley, Rudolph Monter and Rob- 
ert Goelet, Jr., with “A Texas 
Scandal" as the first picture . . . 
Billy Eckstine signed a one-picture 
deal with Metro, calling for a film 
to be made before March, 1951, 

Columbia hunting a fat thesp for 
role of Walt in a series of pictures 
based on the newspaper strip, 
“Gasoline Alley" . . Metro reg- 
istered “Lorelei Brown" as a title 
for a forthcoming feature . . . 
Buster Keaton signed a term con- 
tract to work on comedy scripts for 
Metro . . . “Girls of the Road" is 
new tag on “Missing Daughters" 
at Columbia . . . James ' Vaughn 
bought “Something for Nothing," 
written by Harry Essex, for indie 
filming under the Bel Air Produc- 
tions banner . . . Kay Productions 
will make “The Return of Captain 
Bligh" for Columbia release . . . 
Brad Dexter drew featured role 
in .RKO’s “Macao, '^with an-option . 
for a term contract. 

Don Weis signed writer-director 
contract, with Metro after two 
years as dialog director for Stanley 
Kramer . . . Joe Sistrom producing 
a war film, tentatively titled “The 
Submarine Story," at RKO . . . 
Newly formed Saturn Productions 
will tee off with “Port of Call" 
with Alfred Green directing and 
Dick Foran in one of the top roles. 
... Metro signed Billie Burke, 
Moroni Olsen, Paul Harvey, Rusty 
Tamblyn, Tommy Irish and Mari- 
etta Canty, all members of the 
“Father of the Bride" troupe, to 
re-enact their roles in “Father’s 
Little Dividend" . . . William 
Jacobs’ current production* “Lul- 
laby of Broadway," is his 75th since 
joining Warners . . . Warners ac- 
quired screen rights to Robert 
Louts Stevenson's “The Master of 
Ballantrae," for production in Eng- 
i land* 



WALLIS PLANS FILM IN 
ENCUND NEXT SPRING 

•Hal B. Wallis said on arrival in 
N. Y. from Europe on Monday (11) 
he has tentative plans to produce 
one picture in England in the 
spring, He reported he had pre- 
liminary talks while abroad with 
writers, performers and others on 
doing “Son and Stranger," by Da- 
vid Demarest Lloyd, Which has 
its locale in Cambridge* 

Wallis came in on the lie do 
France after 41 weeks, mostly in 
England, France and Switzerland. 
He also attended the showing of 
his latest, “September Aifair," at 
the Venice Film Festival last 
month and arranged for the world 
premiere of the film at the Sistine 
theatre, Rome, tomorrow (14), 

The producer, who releases 
through Paramount, will leave for 
the Coast at the end of the week 
with plans to begin two produc- 
tions befpre Jan. 1; He said one 
Will be a Lucille Fletcher story, 
starring Burt Lancaster . and the 
other likely will be “The Stooge" 
With Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. 



Continued from page. 3 


in New York, and if it doesn’t click 
there art houses throughout the 
country are reluctant to book it. 
If they do buy it, it is at compara- 
tively poor terms for the 'distrib. 
In most cases, too,, the unfavorable 
Nejv York reaction has a way of 
seeping through to the public out- 
of-town and the b.o. reflects the 
Broadway offbeat. 

Perfect example of the Times’ 
potency is seeii in the case of “Dif- 
ficult Years," Italian lingualer cur- 
rently at the World, N. Y. It got 
favorable reviews in every New; 
York A daily except the Times, but” 
is languishing at the b.o. and will 
be pulled Friday (17) after a poor 
four-week .ruri^jLopert Films* which 
imported the pic, spent consider- 
able coin in haying an English nar- 
ration written by Arthur Millet’ 
( “Death of a Salesman" ) • and 
spQken by John Garfield. Distrib 
is moving the pic over to its own 
house, the 55th Street, following 
the World run. 

Incidentally, critics Bosley Crow- 
ther Of the Times and Archer Win- 
sten of the Post got into another 
of their columnistic duels over 
“Years." Winsten, Who has called 
Crowther names by name previous- 
ly, was more discreet in his Post 
pillar last week; but his reference 
was unmistakable. Growther in 
turn took cognizance of the fact 
that he seemed to be alone in his 
opposition to the pic in his Sun- 
day (10) column. 

Winsten wrote : “A critic should 
never discourage other critics from 
vigorous expression of their in- 
alienable right to be wrong. Be- 
sides, if they were all in constant 
agreement, what Would be the 
point in having more than one of 
them'' He then went on to barb: 
“Most films can be adequately 
gauged by anyone with an eye to 
see and an ear to hear. But a few 
turn the tables Without warning* 
Impervious to ordinary weapons of 
attack, they measure the defi- 
ciences of those who fail to meet 
their test of understanding." 


Court Denies Dismissal 
In Hawk % Actions 


~ Balt Lake City, Sept. 12. 

U. S. district court has denied 
motions to dismiss eight pending 
percentage actions against Hal F. 
Hawk, as administrator of the es- 
tate of Claude C. Hawk and the 
Claude Hawk Corp. Plaintiffs are 
Universal, United Artists, RKO, 
Warners, Paramount, Columbia, 
Loew’s and 20th-Fox. 

VanCott, Bagley, Cornwall 8c Mc- 
Carthy are attorneys for each 
plaintiff, with Sargoy & Stein of 
N. Y. of counsel. 


There’s bounce to the business 
now, and with more effort there 
will be more bounce. That is the 
motivating factor behind *the cur- 
rent series of meetings of RKO 
Theatres which got underway in 
N. Y. last week fend will continue 
today .( Wednesday ) in Cincinnati,, 
tomorrow and Friday in Chicago 
and next Monday in Los Angeles, 
circuit head Sol A. Schwartz said 
Monday (111. * 

Schwartz knd assistant general 
manager William Howard, who are 
conducting the "boost business'* 
sessions, are going into every de- 
tail of theatre operation, Schwarts 
said prior to his trek to Cincinnati. 
All on hand are participating in 
forum discussion on the same 
level; there is no dais. 

At the opening sessions assistant 
theatre managers had the same 
prominence in talking trade prob- 
lems as; department heads with 
the result there Were ho mental 
barriers restraining any of the par- 
ticipants, Schwartz recounted. He 
said that bringing in the assistants 
at the N. Y. sessions, held at the 
Waldorf-Astoria hotel, was a last- 
minute idea hit upon when the 
initial conclave, with only division 
and theatre managers, generated 
so much enthusiasm. He added 
the informality of the meetings 
demonstrated conclusively the mu- 
tuality of interest between home- 
office executive and the man in 
the field* leading to a better un- 
derstanding. and smoother opera- 
tion. • 

Schwartz reiterated there is “a 
predominance of good pictures" 
and now is tl.a time to get behind 
them with the added push. For 
this reason, he said, every item 
entailed in operating a theatre was 
canvassed at the meetings, from 
the way the telephone is answered 
to the problem of filling the front 
seats on a big night. 

The current ' series of meetings 
is preliminary to the RKQ circuit’s 
three-month campaign which will 
begin Oct. 1. Added incentive for 
homeoffice personnel as well as 
theatre staffs is a group of prizes 
totaling- $3>000 -for • contributions 
of various sorts toward boxoffict 
turnover. Two top awards to man- 
agers of $250 each, one in N. Y. 
and the other out of tpwh, will go 
for the best combined ratio of 
profit-gross attendance during the 
three months as compared with tho 
same period in 1949. The other 
prizes will cover campaigns, show- 
manship, theatre parties, publicity, 
service, vending, operation econ- 
omy and children's and midnight 
shows. 


M. N. Wolf'. 

Following up on its scheduled 
one-two punch to aid the film in- 
dustry’s public relations campaign, 
Metro this week set up . nine more 
dates . for its traveling public 
speaker, Maurice N. Wolf* during 
the next four weeks, 


N. Y. IN NEW PITCH 
FOR H’WOOD PROD. 

That t:he city of N. Y. will per- 
sist in its push for more produc- 
tion was demonstrated anew on 
Monday (11) with a pitch by Frank 
Lee Donaghue, city’s director of 
commerce. He made it clear that 
he was put to lure more filmmak- 
ing and promised full cooperation 
of his department, which includes 
a division of motion picture and 
television coordination. 

Donaghue said that $10,000,000 
was spent by Coast crews in N. Y. 
last year in payrolls and living ex- 
penses* and the majority of tech- 
nicians were New Yorkers, help- 
ing the city's employment situation* 

Occasion for Doiiaghue’s new bid 
Was a 21 Club luncheon at which 
Universal-International and the in- 
dustry received a special citation 
for the company's production of 
“Sleeping City," made entirely in 
N. Y., from the city. Acting Mayor 
Vincent Impellitteri made the for- 
mal . presentation of a scroll to 
Leonard Goldstein, producer of the 
film, on behalf of U-I, and to Fran- 
cis S. Harmon, vice president “ of' 
the Motion Picture Assn, of Amer- 
ica, in behalf of the industry. 

.SPG’* $1 Assessment 

. Hollywood, Sept. 12. 

. First assessment ever voted by 
Screen Publicists Guild, $1 per 
member tab for “crusade for free- 
dom," Was unanimoasly approved 
by exec board. It now goes to 
membership for fafification at 
Sept. 19 meeting, which will also 
vote on approving Gerald Gottlieb 
as part-time business agent. 

Exeo board called for full mem* 
bership support of campaign. 


It PICTURES 



Variety Club’s New York tent 
was forced- to table, recommenda- 
tions of its nominating committee 
last week as a result of differences 
between the N. Y. and the inter- 
national . Variety constitutions. 
Committee chairrnanned by Abe 
Montague, Columbia sales chief, 
had prepared a slate . of officers for 
the October election by the tent. . 

International constitution calls 
for election of officers by the 
“crew” — which is equivalent to a 
board of directors— rather than 
directly by the membership. New 
York tent regulations provide for 
ballotting by the members. 

Since international rules are 
supposed to take precedence, there 
was considerable discussion at the 
nominating committee’s session last 
week as tb whether it should pro- 
ceed under the New York or inter- 
national. constitution. It was de- 
cided to fable the slate of officers 
the committee was set to recom- 
mend pending a decision on the 
constitutional question. 

Ordinarily, Under the .■ interna- 
tional rules, the crew consists of 11 
men elected b^ the members plus 
the last five chief barkers. Since, 
the New York tent Was an out- 
growth of Motion Picture Asso- 
ciates, Which had a board of 22 
members, the international rules 
were waived last year to make the 
New York crew that size. Request 
for similar waiver will be asked 
this year, with the crew to consist 
of 17 members plus five Officers. 
New York tent is Only a year old 
and naturally can’t comply with 
the proviso for the last five chief 
barkers to be included on the crew. 


Pitt Int’I Meet 

Indianapolis. 

International Variety will hold 
its annual midwinter meeting in 
Pittsburgh Oct. 20-21, Chief Barker 
Marc Wolf announced here. It Will 
precede the annual banquet of the 
Pittsburgh tent Oct. 22, when gold 
cards will be presented to 11 char- 
ter members. 

The chief barker will attend the 
COMPO meeting on a war activi- 
ties program in Washington, Sept. 
8; the annual banquet of the Okla- 
homa City tent, Sept. i2; a testi- 
monial dinner for Allen Moritz, re- 
tired Columbia branch manager, 
by the Cincinnati tent, Sept. 18, 
and the annual meeting of the 
board for the Will Rogers Saranac 
Hospital at Saranac, N. Y., . Sept. 
22-23. 

Wolf also will go to Toronto 
Sept. 14 to present the charity cita- 
tion awarded the Toronto tent at 
the last convention of International 
Variety for its Variety Village for 
Handicapped Children. 


Bob Bostick Tops Memphis Tent 

Memphis. 

Bob Bostick named Chief Barker 
of Variety Club Tent No. 20 by 
the club directors here this week. 
He succeeds Ed Williamson, 
Memphian well-known along film 
row here who' has been trans- 
ferred to the Warner exchange in 
Dallas. Bostick is manager of the 
National Theatre Supply office 
here. 7 Vernon Adams, former 
Dallas exchange manager, has 
been sent here to handle the local 
Warner office in the switcheroo bf 
personnel by WB. 

Cincy To Honor Moritz 

Cincinnati. 

Allan S. Moritz, exchange man- 
— agei5— f or-Golumbia- Pietureg and— a 
leader in the Variety Club, locally 
and • nationally, will be given a 
testimonial dinner here Sept. 18. 



Scheduled tour of the Will 
Regers Memorial hospital, Saranac 
Lake, N. Y., for Sept. 23 has been 
temporarily postponed, due to the 
Inability of enough of the officers 
and directors of the sanatorium to 
fit the event into their schedules. 
It’s expected the weekend junket 
Will be held sometime next spring. 

Industry administrators of the 
hospital, which is administrated by 
the Variety Clubs, had been sched- 
uled to spend the weekend after 
the sanatorium tour at the nearby 
Schroon Lake home of Herman 
Robbins, National Screen Service 
prez and board member. 


J^AHIETT 


Wednesday, September 13, 1950 


London Variety Club’s 




/London. 

Although they are not staging 
a midnight gala show tills, year, 
the London Tent of the Variety 
club expects ta get about $10,000 
from an exploitation stunt . aimed 
at finding new vocal talent. 

Nation-Wide contests are to beJ 
held over the Associated /British 
Cinemas’ circuit, proceeds of the 
semi-finals, which probably Will be 
held at the Palladium, will go to 
the club* Finals will be decided 
on the: air, arid apart from a cash 
prize, the winner will be offered ] 
an engagement in one of Nat Kar- 
son’s Empire stageshows. 

Chief Barker Robert S. Wolff 
announced that the Duke of Edin- 
burgh and U. S. Ambassador Lewis 
Douglas have been made honorary 
life members. Each receives a gold 
membership card. ‘ > .■ 


UA 

Continued from' page 5 



v . ISSUE 

PICTURE AND DISTRIB. STARS REVIEWED 

Adamo ed Eva' (Adam 4c Eve) ( ltal.) XLux) .............. , Macario-Isa Barzizza ........ . .. ■*■•»• • •* • • J ah.: 25 

Ainsi Firiit La Nuit (Thus Finishes the Night) (Fr) (Corona) . Claude Dauphih-Anne Vernon . . ... . , . . Jan. 25 

AlDiavolo con Celebrita (One Night of Fame) (Italian) ■ . 

(Scalera) ....... ;^Hsclia ^^.xier . .... • • • ... •*. ^^eb. 8 

Almafuerte (Argentine) (Sono). . ... . . . , 7. . . . . Narciso Ibanez Menta-Pola Alonso. ; . . Feb. 8 

Amori e Veleni (Loves and Poisons) (Italian) (Herald) . .7 Lois Maxwell-Amedeo Nazzari. ; . . . . .... April 26 

Angels of the Streets (French) (Metro) . . ......... . /. . . . .Rene Faure . ...... . . , . , . , . .... . . . , . . . Jan. 18 

Anna of Rhodes (Greek) (Gloria) 7. . . ... . ... . .7; . . .7 . . . . . Katy Panou-Lambros Constantaras , . . . . March 29 

Arshin Takes a- Wife (Russian) (Artkino) . . . . . . . ....... .L; Beibutov . . ....... ... . • • • • • -Aug. 2 

Au P’tit Zouave (The Little Zouave) (French) (UFPC) . . . . « Francois Pener-Dany Robin , . « . . .... . .Aug. 9 

Autant/en Emporte L’Histoire. (Gone With History) 

(French) (Victory) ............... . . . « . . . .... . . ,■« • • * ♦ * • •- * • • • ........... ... • • * • «• 'Feb!, 8 

Bara en Mor (Only A Mother) (Swedish) (Sverck) . . . . . . . . .Eva Dahlbeck-Ragnor Falck, ; . . .March 8 

Benvenuto, Reverendo! (Welcome Reverend) (ltal) (2.0th) .-.Aldo. Fabrizi .. . , ... ... . . . . . . . . . . .... . . . .June 28 

Biancaneve e i Sett Lavri (Snowwhite and the Seven 

Thieves) (Italian) (ENIC) .7 . . . . ,7 ... . . . ; .... 7. .7 . . Peppino DeFilippo-Mischa Auer. . . . . , .Jan, 25 

Bitter Springs (Australian) (Brit. Empire) . ... . . * . . . . . , „ . . Tommy Trinder-Chips Rafferty. . .,. . . .July 12 

Border Street (Polish) (Globe) . ... . , ...... . . , . . « .7 , * .... M. Cwiklinska . . . . -,7 .... .. . . . ... .... . . .April 5 

Botta e RispOsta (Italian) 1 (Vein) . «. . . . ... .. . . « « , Fernaudel ..... .■» . .<■«.. • . April 26 

Boys From! the Streets (Norw) (Kommunenes Filmcentral) . Rom Tellefsen :.-.7 . . . . . . . . . . ; . ... . 7. .March iR 

Branquinol (Crazy Show) (French) (Fernard Rivers) ... , . . Jean Carmet-Colette Brosset i . . . . , . . . . Jan. 18 

Cantiga Da Rua (Song of the Street) (Portuguese) 


(Lisbon) . . 


• « • . « 


. . . . , . ... . 7. . . \ Alberto Ribeiro . 


• ; • • p. ft •• > ; 


March 29 


Cavalieri della Montagna (Italian) (Metro) . . . 7:7; .7 ..... . Seyerino Casara- Walter Cavallini . , , . 7. Jan. 25 

Ce Siecle a 50 Ans (This Is the Half-Century) (French) 

(AGDC) .. . i . . ; . . . ■ .. .... . .. . . . . . . . . i ... ... . i * •. • » : • • • • • • • • • • « * • * • • April 26 

Champane a Martello (Children/of Chance) (ltal) (Lux) . , . Gina Lollobrieida-Yvonhe Sanson . v. . ; Jan. 25 

Cheri (French) (CCFC) . 7 ....... .... .....> .... . . Jean Desailly-Marcelle Chantal, ... ... . .May 31 

Children of Chaos (French) ( Victory ) • .«....■. ... . . . . »■»■■» . • .Ren® Dsiroy * • • • • • •.*. . ....... • , » .. . . • • April ■ 26 

City of Torment (German) (Films Inti) . . . . . . . . .... .... . . HansT. Albers . .... , . .. ..7... .«• ... . . . .June 14 

Danza de Fuego (Dance; of ; Fire) (Argentine) (Iriter- 
americaria). ............ .... ...................... . . Amelia Bence . ... . . ....... * . March 1 

Der Bagnostraefling. (The Fugitive) (German) 

(Schorcht) . ; . . .7 . . «... ....... . , . Paul Dahlke-Richard Haeusler . . . . . . . . . March 15 

Die Wunderschoene Galatliee (The Beautiful Gala- : 

thea) (German) (National) . ... ... 7. . . . , . ... .7 -7. * . , Hannelore Schrafh- Viktor de Kowa . ... . .May 31 

Difficult Years (Arini Difficiii) (Italian) (Lopert) . . . .... .Umberto Spadara-Massimo Girotti , . . . . .Aug, 23 

Domenica D’Agosto (A Midsummer Holiday) (Italian) 

(Firicirie) . ; . ... . ; . . . . 7 . . . . ; . . . . : . . . . . . , .•;••• 7.:;. . Anna Baldini-Vera Carmi . . .... . ... .... . * .May 3 

Dream No More (Palestinian) (Classic) . . , . . . .... . Avraham , Doyori . .... , .Jan. 11 

Duello Senza Oriore (Duel Without Honor) (Italian) 

(Manento) ; ... ... .7 . . . . . . ... . . ... . .... Annette Bach- Constance Dowling . ... . , April 26 

E Primavera (It’s Springtime) (Italian) (ENIC) . . . . . . . .7 . , Mario Angelotti . . . . . .March 15 

Enyoi Des Fleurs (Sending of Flowers) (French) - 

(CFCC) . . . , . .7 . v. . . .7 ... . . . , ,7 . .7 . . , * . . . . . Tino Rossi-Micheline Francey , . June 14 

Faddija (Italian) (Herald) . . . v . . . . . . . . . . ... . . . . , . . . Wm. C.TUbbs-Luisa Rossi . ; . . . .... . ... Feb. 8 

Faits Divers A Paris (Various Facts About Paris) ♦ 

(French) (Pantheon) 7. . . .....7.7 .7 ....... . . . . .7 . . Roger R^egris . . . . . . . . . .... . . . . . . Aug. 9 

Faust and the Devil (Italian) (Col). ...... ... ; . , . . . . . . . . . Italo Tajo-Nelly Corradi . . .'7. . . , .7, . . . ;April 26 

Femmes San Nom (Wemen Without Names) (French) 

(Filmsonor) . ... . . ; . . .... . . . . 7. .... . . ... . Simone Simon-Francois Rosay . . * ... July 12 

Gabriela (German) (Allianz) . . . . ■ . . . . 7. , . . . . . .7 . . ... . . ; . Zarah Leander-Carl Raddatz . . .... . , 7 . . May 3 

Gates of the Night (French) (Films Inti;) . «... ...... . . ... . Nathalie Nattier-Yves Montand. . . . , j . March 22 

Gafaehrliche Gaeste (Dangerous Guests) (German) 

(Allianz) .7 . . . ... .7 . 7. « . . . ; . 7. . , . 7. , Vera Molnar-Wolf Albach-Retty . . . . , . .March 1 

Girls Behind Bars (German) (Films Inti.) 7. ..7* ... Petra Peters. . . 7. 7. . . ...... ... . . ... . . .May 17 

God, Man and Devil (Yiddish) (Aaron), . 7. .... ..... ... .Michael Michaelesko. . ...... . . . v . . .7 Jan. 25 

Heart and Soul (Italian) (Crest). . . . . ..... . 7.V. . ..... . .Vittorio De Sica-Maria Mercader. . . . . . .June 28 

Her Wonderful Lie (Italian) (Col) . ... . , . * . . . ... 7. .Marta Eggerth-Jan Kiepura . ...... . . ... .May 10 

Histoires Extrordinaires (Extraordinary Stories) 

(French) (Qrdin). ..... ... .7 .... 7^ . . . 7. ... 7. .Jules Berry-Femand Ledoux. ...... . . .March 15 

Ho Sognato II Paradiso (I Dreamt of Paradise) 

(Italian) (Artist! Assoc.). ... . . . . ,7 . . .7 .7 . . . . .... ... 7.Geraldine Brooks- Vittorrio Gassmann . . July 12 

II Figlio de D’Artagnan (The Son of D’Artagnan) 

(Italian) (Augustus) .7. .. ,7 ........ ..Gianna Maria Canale ......May 3 

II Lupo Della Sila (The Wolf of the Sila) (Italianr 
(Lux) ' . . .... . . ... ,. 7. 7. . ... . ... .... . .. ... Silvana Mangano- Amedeo Nazzari ..... Feb. 8 

II Mulatto (The Mulatto) (Italian) (SEFI) , , ^ . . . . . . . . ... Umberto Spadaro-Joie, Fierro. . * ... . .7 .Aug. 9 

Iluvia Roja (Red Rain) (Mexican) (Nacionales) . . . . . . . . . . Jorge Negrete-Elsa Aguirre, ........ . . . March 8 

Interdit Au Public (Forbidden to the Public) (French) 

... , . . , ■ ^ | ( Corona). . . . »■ . . . * . . .. , .■ ». . .« . . . . , . , • • , • , ** « « * • • • . . . . J acques Erv^rn ....... ... . J an. 25 

will be named to _pnng it up to into the Straight (Australian) (U-I). . . . . . ......; . . ... .7 . . Chas. Tingwell-Muriel Steinbeck. . ... . .Jan. 18 

size called Yor in UA s charter and invisible ! Army (Danish) (Palladium). , .... ........ .Bodi Kjaer-Ebbe Rode .7 . . ....... . ... . June 28 


unlikely, that Sherman or anyone 
else will be/ interested in advaric- 
ihg production coin. Company is 
losing heavily each week, with the 
losses undoubtedly likely to get 
bigger before they diminish/ Np 
one, it is thought, will want to ad- 
vance coin for pix without assur- 
ance that the company slated to 
release them will be in a healthy 
state by the time the films are com- 
pleted. There can be no such as- 
surance unless a heavy bundle of 
operating money becomes available 
to UA. On the other hand, it is 
almost impossible to line up * an 
operating loan Without adequate 
assets to collateralize it. UA's as- 
sets from this standpoint appear of 
dubious proportions. McNamee has 
been working along the line of 
committing to a lending agency, the 
income off the top from rentals, 
representing UA’s advances to pro- 
ducers for prints and advertising. 
These are said to represent some- 
thing between $300,000 7- and 
$500,000. 

Miliate Co. Would Handle Prod, 

Sherman-Fink plan envisages 
their setting up a sort of affiliate 
company to UA to handle its pro- 
duction. There: is talk of their 
financing 23 pix the first year, al- 
though insiders would be surprised 
and pleased to see them actually 
bring in one-third or one-half that 
number. 

The plan, in any case, reported- 
ly will be presented to the owners 
and management at next week’s 
session. Undisclosed as yet is 
Whether this will be a full-dress 
board me^l^ng at which five addi- 
tional members of the directorate 


bylaws. There’s not even a quorum 
now, so the board can’t legally 
take any action. Members named 
after the new management took 
over in . July are McNutt, Mc- 
Namee, secretary Max Kravetz and' 
Miss Pickford. 

Company’s biggest danger is the 
utter lack of product it faces next 
February or sooner. If all the films 
committed are delivered by their 
producers— -and there’s always a 
possibility they won’t be — product 
will last Until February. After that 
time there’s bound to be a long 
hiatus, since even if the company 
had all the coin It could use right 
now, it would still be well into 
next year before deals could be 
made and pix filmed. Thus operat- 
ing losses are sure to mount as 
new product dwindles. 

Two producers who were hold- 
ing but have now delivered their 
negatives, but that’s not a cer- 
tainty UA will be able to sell them 
Harry Popkin has delivered “El- 
leri” and it 'has been put on th e re- 
lease-slate for Oct.- 10, but the-pro- 
ducer, as is his right, has rejected 
every playdate deal submitted. 
Likewise, I. G. Goldsmith has de- 
livered “Three Husbands” and it 
has been set down for Sept.. 29, 
but continued delays on advertis- 
ing approvals -— whether inten- 
tional or not-— are holding it up. 

Return of Grad Sears to the 
sales helrri last week has done 
much to restore producer confi- 
dence in the company and has 
tremendously perked morale. Sears’ 
salary of $2,000 weekly plus $500 
expenses was resumed last Friday 
(8), but lie is insisting that ‘ the 
management pay him $20,000 rep- 
resenting checks due him between 
the time the new management took 
over and the time he 1 returned to 
his desk. His suit for that amount, 
less advances said to amount to 
about $6,000, still stands. 


Ivan Pavlov (Russian) (Artkino) .. . . . ... , . 7... ....... . .Alexander Borisov, . . ... . .7 .Feb. 15 

Julie De Cameilhan (French) (Sirius) . . . , . . . . . . . . . — . . , Edwige Feuillere-Pierre Brasseur . . .... May 24 

Jurtgfrun Pa JungfrusUnd (The Girl from Jungfrusand) 

« (Swedish) (Sandrew-Bauman) .7 . . 7. . . . . . . ........... . Ludde Gentzel-Ake Soderblom. ...... .April 26 

Kerleken Segrar (Victory of Love) (Swedish) (Svensk) . ; . .Karl- Arne Holmsten-Ingred Thunliri . . . .May 3 

La Beaute Du Diable (The Beauty of the Devil) t 

(French) (Franco-London) . 7. ■. . ; . ...... .......Michel Simon-Gerard Philipe. • .April 19 

La Belle Que Voila (Here Is the Beauty) (French) 

(Pathe) . , . . . . . , . ... ... . . . .... . . . ! . . ... ........ .Michele Morgan-Henri Vidal .May 10 

La Cage Aux Filles (Cage of Women) (French) ; , 

(Omnium) ..-« Ilaniele !D el or me « . «. .. , , . . . .. . , . . . . « F eb. .8 

La Casa Chica (Love Nest) (Mexican) (Nacionales). .7 .7. Dolores del Rio. ...... ;7 .... ....... .May 10 

La Duquesa de Benameji (The Duchess of Benameji) 

(Spanish) (CifCsa), . .7 . . . .7 ...... . . 7. .7 .... . . Amparito Rivelles- Jorge Mistral. . . . .April 26 

Lady Paname (French) (Discina). . . 7. ... ........ . .. . *7 .Suzy Delair-Louis Jouvet . . . . . , . , . ... . .June 28 

La Fprza Del Destino (Italian) (Union)...;. v. 7. . . . .Nelly Corradi-Gino. Sinimberghi . ...... July 5 

La Marie Du Port (Marie of the Pori) (French) ' 

( Corona) • , , * * , # , . . ... .. . . , , . . » J ean 1 .0 a Inn , • . * , . « . , . . ... . # , . ... « il * 20 

La Ron de (The Round) (French) (Gordine). . . ... * . .Anton Wolbrook-Simon Signoret ...... .July 12 

La Joy as Del Pecado (Jewels of Sin) (Mexican) (PRM) . . . . Fernando Soler-Rita Macedo « . . . ,. ; * . , . June 7 

La Soif Des Hommes (Man’s Hunger) (French) (Cine 
Selection) , . . 7 . ...... . . . . . .... . . . . . . 7. ..... . . . Georges Marchal-Dany Robin. ... . . . . . .May 24 

La Souriciere (The Mousetrap) (French) (Gaumont) ... . Bernard Blier-Francois Perier . .7 , , , . . . April 28 

La Terra Trema (The Earth Trembles) (Italian) 

(V ictoi ) . . . . * . • / . * * . • . . ... ...... . . * . * . . . , ■ , • * . . . . * I*. , . ... ... v . , April .26 

L'Auberge Du Perche (The Inn of Sin) (French) (Pathe) . . . Ginette Leclerk-J. P. Kerien . .7 .7 . . . . ; March 29 
La Valse De Paris (The Paris Waltz) (French) (Lux) , ; . . Pierre Fresnay- Yvonne Printemps . 7. ; . . May 24 
La Voyageuse Inattendue (Thb Unexpected Voyager) 

(French) (Sirius). ... .. . . 7. ... 7 ■; . ... ... 7, « . ,7 ... . . Dany Robin-Gborges Marchal . • • , .7 . . . Feb/ 8 

Le Crime Des Jiistes (The Crime of the Just) (French) 

(Fernand Rivers) . . 7- . . . . . , ...... . ... 7 . . .7. . . . Jean Debucourt, , 7 . . *-,7;, ......... .. .Feb. 8 

Le Grand Rendezvous (The Big Meeting) (French) 

(Coi ona) . .... . . » ... • . »• . . . . ... .. .... . . ... < » ... • ••...» . . Francois Patrice >.....•»«»•. « ... .'«««*« «. IVlarch 1 

Le Portrait D’Un Assassin (Portrait of an Assassin) * • 

(French) 7 (SELF) . ... ........ ... . . . . 7. . . . ..... Maria Montez-Eric Von Stroheim. . . . . . Jan. 18 

Le Roi (The. King) (French) (Discina). ,7 .7. . .... ■ ... 7. .Maurice Chevalier.. .... . . . . , S ... .7 Jan. 11 

Le Tresor De Cantenac (French) (Selzriick). 7.. . .... .Sacha Guitry. . . . v . . ....... . . . . . , . . . ..March 15 

Les Dernieres Jours de Pompei (The Last Days of 
Pompeii) (French) . (Consortium Arts), . , . ; ,7 ... . 7 . , . . . Georges Marchal-Micheline Presle . , . May 3 

Les Enfants Terribles (The Unmanageable Children) 

(French) (Gaumont):. ...... . . . ..... . . . , ....... . . * . . .Nicole Stephane-Ed ward Dhermitte. ; . May 24 

L’Homme Que Revient De Loin (The Man Who Re- 
turns from Afar) (French) (Cine-Selection) . .,7.7...... Annabella-Maria Casares ,7. Aug. 2 

L’lmperatore de Capri (The Empetor of Capri) 

■ (Italian) • . (Lux) . . . . . .... . . . . . , . . . Tot- Yvonne Sanson • • ... . • « < . ......... March 29 

Los Pei*ez Garcia (Argentine) (Independencia) . . ; ... . . . .... Martin Zabalua-Sara Prosperi . . . ...... .March 8 

Love of a Clown (Pagliacci) (Italian) (MPSC) . . . . .7... .Tita Gobbi. . . . . . . . ...... .... ... .. ,7 . Feb. 8 

Mad About . Opera (Follie Per L’Opera) (Italian) *• 

(MPSC) ■ » • • . ■ • . . , • • • • • . « • • • • > • ••••»• . . , . . « . . . ... . Carlo . Campanml, . « . . , ...... ....... . ■ , A.pril 1 2 

Maneges (The Riding School) (French) (Discina) . . > 7. . . . . Simone Signoret-Bernard Blier . , . . .March 8 

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PICTURES 


P&RIETY 


Wednesday, September 13, 1950 



Further rounding out the exec 
staff of the Council of Motion Pic-, 
ture Organizations, exec. v.p. Ar- 
thur L. Mayer tiffs week named 
Charles E. McCarthy as informa- 
tion officer. He’ll be in charge of 
distribution of publicity to news- 
papers and tradepapers. . 

, McCarthy was formerly director 
of publicity and advertising for the 
Paramount and 20th-Fox. During 
the. war he was an aide to John 
Hay (Jock) Whitney, head of the 
film division of the Office of the 
Coordination of Interamerican 
Affairs. 

COMPO prez Ned E. Depinet 
also named three committees to 
cope with requests and problems, 
growing out of the current war 
crisis. A - screening committee, 
composed entirely . of exhibitors, 
will pass upon alK suitability for 
theatre showings of all films subr 
mitted by government or private 
agencies. Russell V. Downing, 
managing director of New York"s 


ELC Execs to Chi 

For Sales Powwow 

William C. MacMilleri, president 
of Eagle Lion Classics; distribu- 
tion v, p. Willianv-J. Heineman arid 
sales topper Bernard G. Kranze 
top the homeoffiCe delegation 
headed for Chicago and company’s 
three-day regional sales conclave 
opening tomorrow (14), at the 
|. Blackstone hotel. 

Others deserting the h. o. for 
the sessions include Leon Brandt, 
advertising-publicity chief; Milton 
E. Cohen, eastern division head; 
Jack Schlaifer, sales representa- 
tive for -Nw Peter Rathvon; Joseph 
Sugarman, head of contract de- 
partment, and Jules K. Chapman, 
in charge of branch administra- 
tion. Edward Heiber, midwest di- 
vision manager, and James Hendel; 
west coast head, also will join in. 

Heineman sales drive, featuring 
$62,000 in cash prizes, is among 
the subjects on the agenda. 





man. He’ll be aided by Rotus Har- 
vey, William Namensph, Wilbur 
Siiaper and Robert Wilby. 

Si' Fabian will chairman a the- 
atre priorities committee to han- 
dle relationships with the Gov- 
ernment on issuance of priorities 
on scarce materials. His commit- 
tee will comprise Emanuel Frisch, 
Ben Shearer, Abram F. Myers and 
David Weinstock. A production 
and distribution priorities commit- 
tee will be chairmanned by Marvin 
L. Faris and include Francis S. 
Harmon arid Lester W. Roth. 



Continued from page 5 



Continued from page 4 


600 of the territory’s 964 theatres 
already have signed cards pledg- 
ing support and cooperation.* Au- 
thority for this is French, who thus 
appears to be emerging victorious 
in what apparently is a fight by 
Berger to prevent him from direct- 
ing the territory’s war activities. 
French further says that out of 47 
exhibitors appointed to commit- 
tees, 41 have accepted, including 
NCA’s first and second vice presi- 
dents and some prominent mem- 
bers, and operations are proceed- 
ing rapidly. French intends to ig- 
nore NCA’s attempts to toss a 
monkeywrench into the machinery, 
he asserts. 

At a meeting last week NCA 
withheld approval of the French 
committee and sent out a bulletin 
asking exhibitors not to sign the 
pledge cards. The bulletin charges 
Paramount apparently inspired 
“attempts” in Atlanta and here to 
form war activities bodies outside 
COMPO, and latter has “roundly 
criticized such actions.” 

Following the NCA directors’ 
suggestion that admission prices 
be boosted, a number of exhibitors 
already have ordered tickets call- 
ing for higher admissions, accord- 
ing to Berger, who predicts “with- 
in a short time” a vast majority of 
the territory’s theatres will raise 
their scales. He says failure of 
Minnesota Amus. and RKO .The- 
atres to tilt admissions is holding 
back twincity • neighborhood and 
suburban exhibition. 


Early Action Urged . 

Resolution unanimously adopted 
by the COMPO committee on or- 
ganization at its meeting in N. Y. 
last week calls for voluntary com- 
mittees in every exchange area to 
cooperate in the work of COMPOl 
Early action in setting up the 
groups is urged. , If more than one 
state is served in the area such 
states should be represented on 
the committee. 


U to Drop Park Are. 

Dec. 3, Reade to Run It 

Universal will drop its lease on 
the Park Avenue theatre, N. Y., 
Dec. 3 after an occupancy of four 
years, 'the 583-seat deluxe house 
is owned by Walter Reade Thea- 
tres, which originally planned to 
operate it on a subscription basis. 

Universal took over the house 
for its 1 British pix, including “Ham 
let,” which played 66 weeks. 
Broadway .first-runs now will be 
sought for the J. Arthur Rank 
product Reade Will operate the 
Park Avenue, 



PICTURE AND DISTRIB. 


ISSUE 


STARS 

(Continued from page 18) 

Manolete (Spanish)' (Hercules) Jose Greco-Paquito Rico. .May 

Mein Freund, der Nicht Nein Sagen Kann (My Friend 
Who Can’t Say No) (Austrian) (Sacha). ... ........ . . . .Josef Meinrad 

Miquette et Sa Mere (Miquette and Her Mother) 

(French) (Corona) .... .... - . ... .Daniele Delorme-Louis Jouvet. . , . . .May 

Minne, L’lngenue Libertine (Minne, the Simple Wan- 
ton) (French) (CFCC) . . . . . . . .... . . ... ; ; . . , , . . . . . Daniele Delorme-Frank Villard . . . . . . . . June 

Miss Italia (Italian) (Lux). .... ... . . . , Gina Lollpbrigida-Richard Ney 

Monelle (French) (Canton-Weiner) . . . , * > . . .v. . . * .... . . \ Louis Jouvet-Dany Robin . . ; . . . . . . . , . Feb. 

Monseigneur (French) (Richebe). . ... i ... ... . . . ... . . . . Bernard Blier-Fernand Ledoux . . . . . . . . . Jan. 

Nacha Regules (Argentine) (Sono), * ... ... . , .... ...... , . Zully Moreno- Arturo de Cordova , . . . . May 24 

Naked Woriian (French) (Cphen) ... Giselle Pascai-Yves Vincent 
Nous. Irons a Paris (We Shall Go to Paris) (French) 


(Corona) 

O Sole Mio (Italian) (Continental) 


REVIEWED 


31 

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24 

. . . . . June 

28 

. , . , ; March 29 


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25 


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25 

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of the fact the previous three 
weeks have only been estimated. 

Paying the indie producers 
Weekly is a considerable attractiori 
to them, since it leaves little Coin, 
in the hands of the distrib in case 
he should go. bankrupt or otherwise 1 
be unable to make payments, in 
which case a . producer becomes 
merely a general creditor. UA, 
which had always before paid in 
advance, as ELC is about to do, has 
now changed to a system of settle- 
ment only after coin has actually 
been received from exhibs. 

In addition to his efforts to line 
up Popkin and other UA produc- 
ers, MacMilieri materially helped 
his product situation last Week by 
signing Harry Sherman to do six 
westerns and four features a year 
for five years; ELC also inked 
a deal with Laurel Films to dis- 
tribute “Mr. Universe,” Jack Car- 
son-starrer, which was to have 
been handled by FC. In addition, 
through intervention of Chemical 
Bank, N. Y., ELC made direct 
deals with producers for about a 
dozen pix which it has been dis- 
tributing since June for FC. 

Additional income derived from 
distribution of all FC product, 
growing out of the abortive 
merger, has meant considerable to 
ELC in strengthening its financial 
position. At the peak, it brought 
the company an extra $50,000 a 
week in revenues. It Will con- 
tinue to get extra income on a 
dimiriishing scale for about six 
months from servicing the F FC 
product. ELC domestic gross is 
now running about $275,000 a 
week, with $240,000 required for it 
to break even. It gets approxi- 
mately 30 % for its distribution 
fee out of these rentals. 

Assignee’s Demand 

Disposal by ELC of the income 
on FC pix is now a source of dis- 
pute between MacMillem and Irv- 
ing Kaufman, court-appointed as- 
signee to protect FC assets. Kauf- 
man is demanding that ELC turn 
over all FC rentals to him intact, 
not even taking out a distribution 
fee, 

MacMillen is planning to solve 
one part of the argument by going 
into court arid asking permission 
to put the producers’ shares of the 
rentals into escrow. Producers 
can then fight out with Kaufrhan 
Whether they should get the coin 
or whether it should go into the 
FC assets pot, in which they’d only 
participate as general creditors. 
MacMillen figures this Will let FC 
Off the . hook, since the money 
doesn’t belong to it in any case. 

As for the distribution fee 
which ELC claims for handling 
the FC product, MacMillen is go- 
ing to ask for arbitration. : If Kauf- 
man won’t agree, ELC topper will 
insist on court litigation. MacMil- 
ieri figures about $60,000 is in- 
volved, He at one time offered 
to make a flat settlement of $100 - 
000 With Joseph Bernhard, prexy 
of FC, but Kaufman refused to let 
him take it. At that time, returns 
from the FC films were expected 
to be higher. 

If Kaufman balks at arbitration, 
it will mean fighting through the 
$500,000 suit lie has brought 
against ELC. Assignee maintains 
that any settlement offer so far 
made by MacMillen has been un- 
acceptable because he wanted to 
pay it via notes over an extended 
period. 


..... . . .Ray Ventura & Qrch.-George Raft. / . ; March 29 

».«,,.«< TitO Gobbi . ,\. r . . , . . . < ■. ...... » , . . Feb. 8 

On Airiie Qu’Une Fois (One Only Loves Once) 

(French) (Consortium) ... ; , . ......... ... ... . . ........ Francois Rosay- Renee Faure ! . . .... . . .June . 28 

Orage D’Ete (Summer Storm) (French) (Pathe) . . > ... . . Gaby Morlay-Odette Joyeux. ... , .... . , April 20 

Orpfiee (Orpheus) (French) (Discina) . . ...;.. . ........ .Jean Marais-Maria Casares . . ... i . . ., . .July 

Paris 1900 (French) (Pantheon) . . . . . . ....... . . . .... ... . ■. .May; 

Plus Des Variances Pour Le Bon Dieu (No More Va- . 

cation for the Good Lord) (French) (Victory) . ..... ; ; Larquey-Les Petits Poulbots . . . . . . . . • . .May 24 

Prelude a La Gloire (Prelude to Glory) (French) (Gray) . . .Roberto Benzi-rDebucourt . . . . . . .July 

Red Meadows (Danish) (Hyperion) . . . . .v . ... . .♦ . . . . ... . . Poul Relchhardt ... . . ... . . . . , . . Jan. 

Rita (French) (Distinguished) . . .'. . . . . . . . ; . , . . . . . . . . Viviane Romance . . . i.. . . . Feb. 22 

Scandals of Clochermerle (French) (Siritzky) . . ...... . . Felix Oudart. . . . . .... . . . > ..... . .March 22 

Seraphin (French-Canadian) (Quebec). . . ,.i ...... .. . • . . Hector Charland-Nicole Germain. . , . . . .March 1 

Singoalla (French) (Discina) . . . . . . ..... . . . . . ...... Viveca Lindfors-Michel Auc^air . ...... .March 8 

Sin of Anna. Lans (Swedish) (Films Inti,) ; . ...... .... . . . v Viveca Lindfors . . .... . .May 24 

Sinner of Magdala (Mexican) (General). > . ... . ....... Medea de Novara-Louis' Alcoriza . . , .... April 26 

Svenske Ryttaren (Swedish Horseman) (Swedish) 

(Kungsfilm) . , .... ... . ...... , . . . » . . . ... ...... *» . Elizabeth Soderstrom- Ake Soderblom. March 29 

Torst (Thirst) (Swedish) (Svensk) . . . , . . . . . . . . . . , .... ... . Eva Henning-Birger Malmsten . . . ; . . . . .March 15 

Toto Cerca Casa (Toto Wants a Home) (Italian) (ATA) .... Toto ... . ... . . . . . . . . ..... , Jan. 

Tofo Le Moko (Italian) (Forum) . . , . . . . . . ^ . ..... . . Toto-Gianna Maria Canale . , . . . . . . . . . ! Feb. 

Unrionquered People (Yugoslavian) (Yugoslav Info. * 

Center ) .. . ...... . «... . . ■* « _ . « « . . .... . . . ... . ..... , ... , ... era Ilic . ■ . < 

Une Niiit de Noces (A Night at a Honeymoon) (French) 

(SELF) ....... . ... . , . . . . . . » ; . ...... Martine Carol- Jean -Parades .......... June 

Uri Hombre va Por El Camino (A Man on the Road) 

. (Spanish) (CEA). • . • • • • .-. ... . . . . ..... . . . . ^ . .Ana Mariscale-Fernando Nogiieras. . . . .Feb. 

Un Hornme Marche Dans La Ville (A Man Walks in 

the City) (French) (Corona).. . ..... ... ....... ... J. P. Kerien-Giriette Leclerc . . , , . .... . . .May 

Un Soltero Dificil (A Difficult Bachelor) (Spanish) .... ^ . 

* dChiisora) . . . ». . . . . . . . • , . . ...• . . ...... . ^ .Clonrado San ^Jartin > . . . . . . • . ... ... June 

Vesprp Siciliano (Sicilian Uprising) (Italian) (Fincine). . . . Marina Berti-Clara Calamai. . . . . .. . . . . Jan. 

Victors and Vanquished (Russian) (Artkino) .......... . . . A- Dyky . : . . .... 

Voice of Love (Italian) (Crown). .... . . ; ...... . . * . .> Girio Bechi. . . ... 

Volcano (Italian) (Xrtisti Assoc.). . . ... . . . . . .... . . . . . t , .Anna Magnani-Rossano Brazzi. . . . . . . . .Feb. 

Walls of Malapaga, The (Italian) (Films Inti.). ......... .Isa Miranda- Jean Gabin . ............ . .March 29 

Wiener Madelu (Vienna Maidens) (Austrian) (Sascha) .... Willi Forst-Hans Moser. ... .... . . . ... .Feb. 

Woman (Italian) (Canten-Weiner) Elli Parvo . . ... . . . 

World Youth Festival (Russian) (Artkino) .'. . ... ... ... . . ..... . . . . . . . . ... . . * .July 


18 

8 


. . . .... ........ . . . Jan. II 


28 


8 


. . . May 

17 

. . .June 

28 

. . . Jan. 

18 

. . .May 

3 

... Jan. 

11 

. . . Feb. 

22 

.: . . March 29 

. . .Feb, 

8 

. . .Feb. 

8 

. . .July 

12 


KOREA FIGHTING SPURS 



Hollywood, Sept. 12. 

War in Korea has touched off a 
cycle of Far Eastern action pic- 
tures, starting with “Tokyo File 
212,” now in its final phases in 
Japan. Parts of the picture were 
actually shot in Korea, with coop- 
eration of the War Department. 

Forthcoming films with an 
Asiatic slant include “Korean Pa- 
trol.” a Jack Schwarz production 
for Eagle Lion; “Operation Pacific” 
at Warners; “The Flying Jeeps” at 
Columbia; “Wings Over the Pa- 
cific” at Republic; “Flying Leather- 
necks” at RKO, and “East Is East,” 
an indie production by Anson 
Bond. Meanwhile, Pine-Thomas has 
rewritten “Hongkong” to cover the 
Korean sector. 



Baseball TV 

sss Continued from page 3 

Scranton and Chicago with various 
degrees of success. The. games at 
Fabian’s Fox theatre, Brooklyn, 
drew good crowds but still fell 
short of expectations, largely be- 
cause the Fox, which was charging 
admissions, was competing with 
neighborhood saloons and the like 
with no fee. The Comerf ord house 
in Scranton, which also^reproduced 
the video pix, did capacity business 
but at that time Scranton had. no 
TV of its own, the theatre getting 
it on a special relay. 

Sullivan said the feeling is grow- 
ing that organized baseball had 
taken discriminatory action agairist 
an industry which has contributed 
considerably toward popularization 
of the sport. 

Sullivan reminded that TO A has 
been most interested in the ad- 
vancement of theatre TV and said 
he is certain it is the collective 
judgment of the organization’s 
members that this year’s council 
ruling should be reconsidered in 
time to permit theatres with video 
equipment to carry the games. 

He concluded; “I am hopeful 
that baseball’s leaders will exer- 
cise their wisest judgment in this 
reconsideration so that they wiil 
serve the mutual interests not only 
of motion pictures and baseball, 
V r ' vowing public which 
does not have home sets.” 


Offbeat Stories 20th Key 


Continued from page 3 


at 20th is the degree to winch it has 
swung its program. 

Those Trick Angles 
Scanning of grosses for the past 
Couple years mkkes it evident what 
success the offbeaters. have been 
enjoying* While some of the films 
have been along the “message” 
line, such as “Pinky” and “No Way 
Out,” most are pure entertainment 
films — but always with a trick 
angle Which in -many cases would 
have been considered by Hollywood 
a few years back as too unorthodox; 

“Miracle on 34th Street” and 
‘“Cheaper by the Dozen” are two 
prime examples of offbeat yarns 
that proved particularly success- 
ful in the laugh category, While 
“Gentleman’s Agreement,” “Snake 
Pit” and “Pinky” have shown them- 
selves equally d.o. winners in the 
more seridus “gimmick” vein. 

Not so successful, but equally dif- 
ferent from routine recently were 
“The Gurifighter,” a considerably 
out of - the “They-went-thataway” 
type of western; “Tidket to Toma- 
hawk,” a comedy; “Night and the 
City,” a meller, and “Stella,” a 
comedy that was offbeat to the ex- 
tent of getting critical raised eye- 
brows because of the gruesome 
idea of trying to get laughs out of 
a, skeleton. 

“Broken Arrow,” an indian epic 
that is unusual im . painting the 
usual western picture from the 
viewpoint of the Indian, is a real 
surprise grosser/ It’s racing 
“Dozen” for honors as top 20th 
earner of the year to date. “Dozen” 
will do about $4,250,000 domestic 
arid “Arrow” is expected to come 
very dose to that. “Twelve 
O’clock High” is third, incidental- 
ly, with about $3,400,000. 

Even in an ordinary Betty Grable- 
Dan Dailey musical, “My Blue 
Heaven,” to be released soon, the 
Zanuck craftsmeri have inserted an 
unusual idea. In the first place, 
they’ve been first to get away from 
a formula . background by using 
television as the backstage locale 
for the yarn. More important, it 
is interlaced with a story about 
adoption that has quite a b)t of 
bite. It is based on S. K. Laurens’ 
original, “Storks Don’t 
Babies.” 

Studio has another quartet of un 
usual pix coming up that have all 
been based on New Yorker stories. 


They’re “Man on the Ledge” by 
Joel Sayre, which will be titled 
“14 Hours”; “Mr. 880” by St. Clair 
McKelway, “Jackpot” by J ohn 
McNulty and “The Flying Tea- 
kettle” by John W. Hazard. 

Imagination Needed 

In each case, the New Yorker 
yarns were true-life incidents, but 
not in any ordinary sense screen 
material. OtKter studios showed 
no interest and 20th . was able to 
buy them at $10,000 each. In each 
case Zanuck ordered the story 
bought because 'lie had a producer ~ 
on the lot imaginative : enough to 
see the picture possibilities in the 
ideas. , Story departments of Other 
companies have long since all but 
given up on trying to sell their 
studios on such yarns because 
there’s generally no producer in- 
terested in them. 

Another case in point is “All 
About Eve,” Bette Davis-Ann Bax- 
ter-Celeste Holm-Gary Merrill- 
starrer, wnich 20th is counting on 
as one of the biggies of the year. 
It started as a short story by Mary 
Orr in Cosmopolitan in 1944. New 
York story department liked it 
then, but was unable to sell it to 
the studio. Five years later the 
story department spotted it again 
as an NBC radio show (again 
Credited to Mary Orr) and sent for 
the Script. Writer - director - pro- 
ducer Jqe Mankiewicz recognized 
it as an idea and Zanuck ordered 
it bought. Company paid $1,250 
for. screen rights. 

It’s a completely offbeat pic, but 
coincidentally very similar in 
some aspects to an equally unrou- 
tine entry, Paramount’s “Sunset 
Boulevard.” Continuing its hunt 
for unusual material, 20th just last 
week acquired, a 12-page original 
idea from Felix Jackson, former 
Universal writer-producer, who’s 
now scrivening a- play in New 
York. Labeled “Centerette,” yarn 
is about a gal sightseeing guide in 
Radio City, N. Y. . ’ 

On the personnel front, Zanuck 
has just added Michael Gordon to 
his staff of directors. Gordon, for- 
mer Group Theatrite from .New 
York, did a couple unusual pix at 
Universal and just completed 
megging “Cyrano” for Stanley 
Kramer. Zanuck is hoping to use 
him largely on the offbeat prod- 
uct. 




s ti rr i n g PAUL HENREID With CATHERINE MclEOO • GRACE COPPIN • CECIL CLOVEllY and introducing ANNE FRANCIS* ROSITA MORENO ‘ANNE JACKSON -ENID PULVER 
Produced by the DANZIGERS— CDVYARO j. DAN2IGER and HARR£ LEE DANZIG^R • Directed by Bernard Vorhaui • Story end Screenplay by Jean Rouverol end Bernard Vorhaue 






PICTURES 


Minn. Distribs Profit From Ozoners 




Minneapolis. 

Entry into the drive-in field in 
this -territory by non-owners of 
conventional theatres has been a 
boon to distributors here, film 
rental coin from some of the ozon- 
ers having reached highly substan- 
tial proportions. "For the four 
months of their operation this 
money often exceeds that derived 
from many of the year-around 
conventional late clearance neigh- 
borhood houses. 

Local branch managers point out 
that drive-in operators not having 
conventional theatres to protect 
are taking the earliest availabilities 
possible and playing their pictures 
on percentage with surprisingly 
good boxoffice results. 

On the other hand, with the idea ! near 
of protecting their conventional i le 6 e * 
theatres, the vast majority of other 
ozoner operators use last runs and 
pay minor rentals, 'the branch man- 
agers say. This is still true of the 
four drive-ins owned and Operated 
in the Twin City area by a group 
of prominent Minneapolis and St. 

Paul independent exhibitors. 

Feeling here is that the exhibi- 
tor-owned drive-ins will be driven 
to earlier runs by new and increas- 
ing competition from the non-con- 
ventional theatre owners entering 
drive-ins exclusively. Also by the 
fact that too old product won’t 
draw. 

Two of the new “independently” 
owned ozoners in the Twin City 
area have been using early avail- 
abilities on percentage and gros- 
sing as high as $3,000 a picture, or 
more than the best of the deluxe 
neighborhood conventional thea- 
tres pull. 


which has been booking another 
outside stand, the Hilltop, near 
which it Vill be situated. 


Pfi&IETY 

' J 

/ 

Brandt-Hughes 


Wednesday, September 13, 1950 


New Suburban House Near Chi 

Chicago. 

While theatre construction re- 
mains at a standstill in Chicago 
proper, suburban building con- 
tinues unhampered. Latest house 
to be erected will be located in 
Skokie Village, 111,, as part of a 
huge shopping and development 
plan under the direction of Mar-; 
! shall Field Co. 

New Texas 658-Seater 

Dallas. 

Marshall Mattson and James 
Reeves have opened the new SFA 
Theatre at Nacogdoches, Texas, 
the Stephan F. Austin Col- 
The house is a 658-seater. 


• % New Texas Houses 

Donna y Texas. 

Miguel Benitez, head of Benitez 
circuit, opened the new 400-seat 
Palace here. The $40,000 house 
will feature Spanish-language 
films. ' A 

New Star theatre opened at Sny- 
der by E. P. Price and H. F. Donal- 
son. 


$150,000 Lubback, Tex., House 
Lubbock-, Texas. 

The 1,000 seat Arnett-Benson 
theatre here opened by Pres- 
ton E. Smith Circuit. House, which 
cost about $150,000, is located near 
Texas Tech College. 


Dmytryk Disavowal 


Continued from page % 



An sell Bros. Lose Mo. Fight 

St. Louis. 

Ansell Bros. Amus, Co., operator 
of a chain of indie . nabes in St. 
Louis and St, Louis County, has 
failed in an attempt to have the 
zoning ordinances in University 
City changed to permit the con- 
struction of a new ozoner in a 
residential part of that city. 


in the 


1,000-Car Ozoner Near Ft, Worth 

Fort Worth, 

Called the biggest drive-in in 
the state, the Cowtown Drive-In 
will be formally opened shortly. 
The ozoner has a 1,000-car capacity 
and will be the largest this side of 
New York. 

L. N. Crirn, Jr., veepee of Com- 
munity Theatres, is opening the 
ozoner which w.as built in partner- 
ship with Southwest Theatres. 
Drive-in will operate year round 
with in-car heaters for winter, 
William J. Cole is manager. 


N. J. Ozoner To Run Until Jan. 1 
Ledgewood, N. J. 

Wilfred P. Smith owner-manager 
of the Garden, Auto-Torium plans 
to keep this drive-in, Which opened 
in April, open through the Christ- 
mas and New Year’s holidays. 
Smith, a pioneer in the drive-in 
field, wUl install 400 electric in- 
car heaters. Smith’s ozoner has 
550-car capacity and the 400 heat- 
ers will be placed in choice loca- 
tions. 

These heaters have been success- 
fully used on the Coast drive-ins 
but this will be the first installa- 


not issued his statement 
hope of any advantages.” 

Members of the “10” have been 
denied studio jobs since their ap- 
pearance before the Un-American 
Committee in 1047. Lots have 
wanted to be in public relations 
position of not hiring anyone to 
whom the taint of red might cling.. 
Belief is that Dmytryk’s strong 
disavowal may clear the way for 
his employment when he is re- 
leased from prison. He has a high 
professional reputation. 

Crum asserted that there is no 
known method of purging one’s self 
of contempt of Congress after hav- 
ing been found guilty in court and 
sentenced. ' Nevertheless, he Said, 
he will forward copies of Dmytryk’s 
affidavit to Government officials 
and will personally call on Attor- 
ney-General J.^ Howard McGrath 
later this week." 

Attorney, who was among coun- 
sel* for others of the “10,” said that 
he had <no indication from any of 
them that they’d follow Dmytryk’s 
lead in denying red affiliations. He 
said he saw Albert Maltz, another 
of the "group, when he visited Dmy- 
tryk last week in the Federal 
prison at Mills Point, W. Va., but 
that Maltz had indicated no in 
tentions. 

Crum said that he called on Dmy- 
tryk at the request of the latter’s 
wife. Jean Porter, after she had 
visited her husband. 

Adrian Scott, last of the “10” to 
face sentence, is due to appear in 
D. C. federal court Friday (15) to 
learn his fate. He was ill when the 
others were sentenced. He said in i 


Continued from page 7 

demanding that the parties put be- 
fore it a completely worked-out 
deal before it will render a de- 
cision on acceptability. That’s 
one of the items that is giving the 
jigsaw puzzle aspect to the nego- 
tiations. Each of the various 
groups and agencies that must 
give approval to the deal naturally 
wants an overall look before indi- 
cating assent. 

Thus Brandt and Dembow are 
engaged in a round-robin of get- ! 
•ting the various okays on an “if” ; 
basis until they have them. all. The , 
D. of J. approval is on that basis 
as is the- assent from Kuhn, Loeb 
& Co. to float a bond issue to fi- 
nance the purchase. Wall street 
banking house has refused to 
make its commitment definite un- 
til it has all the facts and figures. 

Aside ifi-om all these aspects, 
there’s no deal except in principle 
between Brandt and Hughes— and 
while they have an agreement on 
the general outlines, they’re stum- 
bling over the detail. Main block 
now is who’s going- to pay for 
what among the various expendi- 
tures that are required for con- 
summation of a contract. 

Neither side wants to go into 
necessary heavy expenditures that 
will be complete losses if the deal 
doesn't go through. Primary among 
these items is an audit of RKO’s 
books that Price, Waterhouse & 
Co. estimate may cost as high as 
$50,000. It is such matters as these 
i. Dembow is currently trying to 
straighten out. 

As far as can be learned, 
Hughes is trying to push all these 
costs off on the Brandt syndicate 
and they’re balking. They feel 
that $8 a share is more than a fair 
price and if Hughes wants it he 
should take some chances, too. 

The central piece in the jigsaw 
puzzle is the audit. Until that is 
completed, final aspects of the 
Hughes-Braridt arrangement can't 
be worked out and until they get 
their deal set, they can’t get final 
okays from the D. of J., SEC, 
Kuhn, Loeb and other elements. 

After all the other pieces of the 
puzzle are together, it still could 
fail of completion by the require- 
ment of Delaware law, under 
which both Trans-Lux and RKO 
are incorporated, that two-thirds 
of the shareholders of both com* 
panies must give approval to a 
merger. Trans-Lux proposes to 
buy up a sufficient number of 
shares in addition to those it gets 
from Hughes to give it 66%% 
ownership of RKO. Public stock- 
holders will be offered the same 
$8 a share as Hughes, with the 
coin coming from the proposed 
bond issue. Since thats’ about 
twice what the stock is quoted 1 in 
over-the-counter trading on a 
“when issued” basis now, Brandt 
feels there should be no difficulty 
acquiring it. However, of course, 
anything could happen. 

Brandt' syndicate already con- 
trols more than 66%% of Trans- 
Lux, so that offers no problem. 


‘Lured’ Foreclosure i 
Action for $98,178 j 

Hollywood, Sept. 12. i 
Security-First National Bank filed 
action to foreclose mortgage of 
$98,178 against film “Lured.” Ac- 
tion listed Gakmont Pictures as 
borrowing coin in 1946 and pledg- 
ing film as security. 

“Lured” was "released by United 
Artists with Hunt Stromberg listed 
as exec producer, James Nasser as 
producer. James Nasser Produc- 
tions, Speva Films and Charles Co- 
burn ( who co-starred with George 
Sanders, Lucille Ball and Boris 
Karloff) are also named defend- 
ants. 


Banks Perk Up 

Continued from page 3 


Industry Legalites 


Continued from page 5 


give 50% of his profits to the dis- 
trib for the coin, plus a distribu- 
tion fee, and he must give lip a 
considerable measure of his auton- 
omy. Some indies, for these rea- 
sons, would still like to arrange 
their own coin and make a Straight 
releasing deal, but the day for 
most of them seems to be waning. 

A principal factor in the whole 
indie financing picture is the lack 
of a distrib which will accept a 

straight releasing deal and in 
which the banks have faith. 'With 
the United Artists situation so com- 
pletely upset now, no banks will 
make any sort of loan at all for pi x 
for UA distribution. Eagle Lion, 
the other principal outlet for films 
on pure releasing deals, has won 
the faith of Chemical Bank Sc 
Trust, N. Y., for low-budgeter dis- 
tribution, but has still to win its 
spurs vfrom any bank for the high- 
cost production that UA used to 
get. 

Recently having come into the 
indie finance picture are the Mel- 
lon Bank of Pittsburgh, which is 
participating in Bankers’ deal with 
Wald-Krasna, and Fidelity-Phila- 
delphia Trust Co., of Philly, which 
has financed a series for EL re- 
lease by N t Peter Rathvon. Others 
of the old stalwarts of indie financ- 
ing that are now reported looking 
favorably on deals such as those re- 
cently made by Bankers include 
Guaranty, New York Trust Co , 
Security-First National of Los An- 
geles, and Irving Trust, N. Y. 

What particularly interests banks 
in the Col deal, incidentally, is 
that only one indie pic ever dis- 
tributed by that company has lost 
money for the bank that financed 
it. That was Benedict Bogeaus’ 
“Lulu Belle.” Every other one has 
come olit clean, which is naturally 
an influencing factor in bank 
thinking. 


ham, N. C., and one in Texarkana, 
Tex. 

After numerous huddles with the 
D. of J. in Washington, Warner at- 
torneys succeeded in obtaining an 
extension of three years for break- 
ing with its partners in Atlantic 
Theatres, N. J. circuit, but on con- 
dition that when the split becomes 
effective WB may keep- only six of 
the properties as wholly-owned. 
However, there are more problems 
anticipated if and when the corpo- 
ration’s consent decree with the 
government, which calls for di- 
vorcement and is awaiting approval 
of the Treasury Department, goes 
through. 

75-House Divestiture 

In addition to the separation of 
WB theatres from production-dis- 
tribution, the tentative accord pro- 
vides for divestiture of about 75 
houses. The department consented 
to the added three years for At- 
lantic (the new deadline is July 3, 
1953), when it became acquainted 
with the maze of corporate tie-ins, 
involving intricate ownerships in 
fee of some of the houses, leases, 
subleases and taxation problems. 

RKO and Walter Reade'; latter 
representing himself and the Frank 
Storrs estate, where completely un- 
successful in efforts to terminate 
their joint ownership of Trenton- 
New Brunswick Theatres, 13-house 
group in those two N. J. cities. This 
is in litigation, with the first, round 
won by RKO in the form of a de- 
cision by the N. J. superior court 
directing dissolution, with either 
the litigants deciding between 
themselves how the separation will 
be managed or, in lieu of that, sub- 
sequently by specific instructions 
by the tribunal. 

Negotiations had been underway 
for some time for a settlement on 
the basis of RKO’s purchase of the 
Reade interests at a cost qf $1,500,- 
000. Reade is said to have walked 
out on the talks. Unless he tries 
again for a compromise with RKO 
the likelihood is he will take an 
appeal from the dissolution order. 

Only a few regaining partially- 
owned situations are to be cleared 
up by 20th-Fox, but* as indicated 
by the number of tfrne extensions 
the company has been given by the 
government to complete the job, 
multiple problems are inherent 
here, too. New deadline has been 
set at Sept. 30 for 20th-Fox to split 
with its partners in the De Anza 
theatre,. Riverside, and another in 
Sari Luis Obisco, both Cal. Addi- 
tionally, the major has had the time 
limit pushed back to Oct. 31 for 


terminating 
tion of ;the 


November. Smith hopes to get in 
a 42-week season by using this 
heating plan. 


tion in this section. Nearly all . , . , 

ozoners in the -.east _close^ early in New Y ork Monday ( 11) that h e ha d 

L — — i. "iJi' a' 1 * A/v’ivi vn AiS'f' Ati iiVK SJ-JirWai* "ti'aI-' 'li o' * >1" 


$29,000,000 Target 


Continued from page 3 


Ozoner Manager Burned 

Boston. 

Paul Longo, owner and manager 
of the Meadow Glen Drive-In in 
nearby Medford, was seriously 
burned in an explosion that 
wrecked the projection room and 
concession building of the ozoner. 
Explosion is believed to have been 
caused by leakage of bottled gas, 
used as fuel in the building. Dam- 
age is estimated at $10,000, 


% N. Hampshire Openings 
Rochester, N. H. 

Two new drive-in theatres 
Opened in this area. 

On route 16, brothers James and 
Michael Nadeau debuted theatre 
on 40-acre tract, which includes a 
concrete building housing a cafe- 
teria and rest rooms. 

In the summer resort town of 
Alton, an ozoner opened by George 
Garrett. 


Each- of-th e.. films iias aver- 
aged about $600,000 in boxoffice 
revenue. 

From that 1938 booking through 


Seventh Ozoner for Twin Cities 

Minneapolis. 

Twin City area is ~ getting its 
seventh drive-in and third inde- 
pendent ozoner. It’ll be a 600-car 
one, being built by A1 Aved, head 


no'cbmTff^ oTmot'he’dr 

follow Dmytryk’s lead on a state- 
ment, but that he planned consult- 
ing his attorneys. . . . .. . . . , , 

In any event, according to Crum. : the Ch ™ st ™ s holiday P* 1 ? 0 ?; 1 *? 4 

a statement now by Scott could ; ^ ^iSr V ! 1 

hcjye no effect on changing the jury i Musk: Hall screen, Metro had 52 

conviction of him. It might, of j ^ ms m ^ le 

course, serve to mitigate the court’s iJ>l?y®d 1? a a( *“ 

sentence however j missions lor $26,000,000 in gross 

“'I am ’not now, nor was I at . the ! boxoffice take < dollar figure is low- 
time of the hearing in 1947 a mem- j because the Hall at one time 
her of the Communist party,” Dmy- J charged * es ;* 4 J?, art admission), 
tryk’s statement read. “I am not P. 1 ® £ eai V M-G s Father of the 

a Communist sympathizer, and I j ® rl .^ e A ^ aj *^L 
recognize the United States of i Hall to 800.000 admissions and a 
America as the only country to I { ) 0 ; gi’Qss of $850,000, and “Next 
which I owe allegiance and loy- j ^bice You Hear” played three 
alty.” I weeks, to 375,000 ticket-buyers for 

Director saict his refusal to an- j a Svoss of $400,000. 
swer questions as to whether or ! Warners’ “Glass Menagerie” fol- 
not he was a Communist was thejhiws the current “Sunset Boule- 
exercise of a constitutional privi- ! vard” (Par) into the theatre, with 
lege important to all Americans, i Metro taking -over for the rest of 
Declaring he hasn’t changed his : the year following completion of 


Frankovich 

Continued from page 7 

Kaufman, United Kingdom to the 
Woolf Bros, and Italy and the Near 
East to Frankovich. Latter claims 
numerous economies and a mini- 
mum of risk in merging interests 
with foreign concerns. 

Producer stated he has com- 
pleted “Dark Road” in Italy with 
! English and Italian versions. Re- 
public will release this one, which 
has Binnie Barnes (Mrs. Franko- 
vich), Janis Paige and Eduardo 
Ciannellon-top roles. - - : 

His next, he said, will be “Smug- 
gler’s Song,” also in two versions, 
and the aim here is to get Farley 
Granger and Alida Valli for the 
leads. Frankovich also said he has 
a deal with Tay Garnett to direct 
a film in Switzerland next March* 
Agenda also includes a tie-in with 
Mayflower Productions, a British 
firm, in the production of “The 
Flanagan Boy,” which Andre de 
Toth is slated to direct with Ve- 
ronica Lake (Mrs. de Toth) 
starred. 


views, he added: 


the “Menagerie” run. Set to open 


“However, in view of the trou- ! are ^‘Miniver Story,” “King Solo- 


bled state of current world affairs, 
I find myself in the presence of an 
even greater duty, and that is to 
declare with equivocation where I 
stand toward my own country,” 


men’s Mines” and either “Kim” or 
“Pagan Love Song” for the Christ- 
mas-New Year’s holiday. Figuring 
each of the three will -average the 
$600,000 gross recorded to date. 


the partnership opera- 
Anaheim theatre,. Anar 
heim, Cal. Biggest partner split 
20th-Fox completed came last 
month when the company ex- 
changed its 26% stock ownership 
in Golden State-T. & D. Enterprises 
for 100% ownership of 16 of the 
Cal. circuit’s houses. 

Loew’s split its dividend owner- 
ship situations some time ago, but 
may be faced with new problems. 
Justice Department is now investi- 
gating the booking situation in the 
N. Y. metropolitan area, where the 
circuit has 69 important revenue- 
producing properties, and could 
come up with proposals to the N.Y. 
court for some changes. 


Big-Money Execs 1st- 

Goal of PCC Drive 

Hollywood, Sept. 12. 

High-salaried studio executives 
are the first targets of the 1951 
campaign of thq film industry’s 
Permanent Charities Committee. 
More coin will be needed tjiis year 
because of additional charities and 
increased welfare service due to 
the Korean situation. 

First group approached for dona- 
tions was the studio business man- 
agers. They were told the facts 


Sherman Setup 

'€dRtJnued'Ifdmnage"5' 


final say in sales of the Sherman 
product Arid Moss will function 
largely as advertising - publicity 
topper, working with the ELC 
staff* 

Announcement of the pact was 
made at ELC’s sales convention in 

N. Y. last Friday (8). The five- 
year plaris calls for production of 
six westerns and four features an- 
nually with delivery of the first 
one of each class due Feb. 1. The 
features reportedly will be budg- 
eted at a minimum of $500,000 
each and the outdoor pix at about 
$200,000, the latter all to be in 
Technicolor. Two features arid 
two westerns will comprise -the 
initial group likely to be financed 
by Bankers’- Trust. 


Bader’s ‘Nunnery’ Buy 

David Bader has bought film 
rights to Eric Shepherd’s “Murder 
in a Nunnery,” Whodunit' which 


of a buying and booking service, fine. 


In addition to his jail sentence, [M-G is hoping they will take the 
Dmyhryk was assessed* a $1,000 : total boxoffice figure over the $29,- 


1000,000 mark* 


takes place in a convent. His con- 
of life at a luncheon co-hosted ^by i tract includes 16m and television 
Dore Schary, chairman; Louis ''B. ! rights. Bader at one time had an 


Mayer, Y. Frank Freeman and Jo- 
seph M. Schenck. 


option to adapt the yarn 'for a 
Broadway play. 


Wednesday, September 13, 1950 






24 


PICTURES 


KAKIETY 


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ST. LOUIS 


St. Louis Amus. Co,, will oper- 
ate, under lease, a new 600 : car 
©zoner to be erected on U S. High- 
way 40, near St. Ann’s Village in 
St. Louis county. 

F. Val Mercier, owner of Mer- 
cier, Perryville, Mo., is prepping 
a new 500-car ozoner near Perry- 


The Frisina Amus, Co., Spring- 
field, 111,, has purpchased ground 
for a new ozoner to serve residents 
©f Hannibal, Mo., area. Construc- 
tion will start next Spring. Frisina 
recently opened a new drive-in 
pear Mexico, Mo. It operates the 
Liberty and Fox ip Mexico. 

Residents in Illidpolis, III.; are 
assisting Edward Griesheim to 
finance the construction of a new 
house to replace the Illiopolis, 
destroyed by fire ort J uly 4. 

The Lyn , a 1 ,500 seafer, located 
in the old 400 Club in midtown St. 
Louis, lighted as a subsequent-run 
house, Sam Nieberg is riianager. 

Joe Ansell of Ansell Amus. Co., 
and Chief Barker of St, Louis 
Variety Club, was dedication chair- 
man in formal opening of the Con- 
gregation B’nai Amonna’s new 
$750,000 . synagogue in University 
City, St. Louis County, 

John Marlowe, who owns a- 
atring 7 of houses and ozoners iii 
Southern Illinois, will open a hit- 
ary in the Limar Hotel, Herrin, 111., 
which he also owns; 

Wayne Smith, Herrin, 111., 
bought interests of his partner, 
Harold Green in the Egyptian The- 
atre Corp., which! operates a- new 
©zoner hear Harrin. 

Fanchon & Marco relights Its 
first-ruh Ambassador, dark since 
last June, soon, but the St. Louis, a 
4,000 seater in midtown, also 
owned and operated by. F&M, will 
he shuttered. Breakdown, of the 
cooling machinery, scarcity of 
grade. A films and a general slump 
in biz were given as reasons for 
closing of the. Ambassador. During 
several previous years, house Was 
shuttered during summer. 


MINNEAPOLIS 

7-IIi, one of Twin City area's 
newest drive-ins, granted 35-day 
clearance by Metro over indepen- 
dent conventional thearte owners’ 
protests. Earliest nabe and sub- 
urban stand availability is 28 days. 

Ted Mann, owner of World sure- 
seater, completed deal for “Kind 
Hearts and Coronets.” 

Federal court this week will 
hear motion of William Crouse, 
Eveleth, Minn., exhibitor on an 
©rder to inspect books, records, 
files * and accounts of Paramount 
theatre circuit and major film dis- 
tributors Whom he’s suing for 
$1,500,000 because of alleged dam- 
age to his theatre resulting from 
earlier runs granted to Paramount 
houses in nearby Virginia, Minn. 

Radio City planning to offer 
World Series baseball, games on 
Its big theatre screen television, 
now being installed. Coaxial cable 
will bring contests here On both 
Twin City TV stations, KSTP and 
WTCN. 

North Central Allied directors 
have asked COMPO to clarify the 


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local situation relative to industry 
war activities. The directors , 
claim that the recently organized ! 
Northwest Motion Picture Commit- 
tee for National Defense, recently 
set up With Harry B. French, Par- 
amount theatres circuit president, 
as its head, was n'ot set up~ “in ac- 
cordance with COMPO: procedure. 

Using the ' power of suggestion, 
North Central Allied independent 
exhibitors’ organization . is trying 
to get admission price boost 
throughout territory, but Ha try B. 
French, Paramount theatre circuit 
prexy, expressed doubt that an 
“across the boards” hike is ad- 
visable; NC A hoped to set Wheels 
in motion for general tilt via resc^ 
lution adopted by directors. Put- 
ting the organization on record fa- 
voring such a boost,' it urges all 
exhibitors tov re-examine admission 
price structures in light of increas- 
ing costs, with view to raising 
scales all along line. 

PITTSBURGH 

Nestor Auth, former assistant 
at Penn, appointed managing di- 
rector of Loew’s Palace, Akron, O. 

C. W. Dickinson and his son, 
Don, Brownsville exhibs, acquired 
old Maple- View Inn on Route 19, 
outside Washington, Pa,* rechrist- 
ened it the Double D Ranch. . 

John J. Maloney, Metro central 
division manager who headquar- 
ters here, addressed the Sales Ex- 
ecutive: Club in William, Penn 
Hotel on V America’s Greatest 
Product,” referring to films, natch! 

Arthur M. (Goldberg) Good, 
formerly of RKO exchange here, 
appointed assistant to Sidney 
Kramer, RKO short subject sales 
manager. ' Will be in charge of 
16m sales. Good is son of late- 
Hyman Goldberg; pioneer picture 
exhih lit this district and a founder 
of Allied MPTO of Western Perina. 

Mrs. Mary Glagovich Moran re- 
signed her job at WB exchange to 
await birth of a child. . 

Howard Minsky, just named mid- 
east sales manager for Par to suc- 
ceed the late Harry Goldstein, was 
a former salesman here for War- 

IlCFS* 

Lillian Carson, from Bellevue 
district and formerly with Parry 
Photographic S t u d;i o, appointed 
p.a. for John H. Harris’ minor 
league Ice show, “Ice Cycles,” this 
season. 

Bill Decker* with WB in Johns- 
towri; Pa., retained by Gabe Rubin 
to do publicity for both Art Cine- 
ma, foreign film house, and New 
Nixon, the legit site, owned by a 
local syndicate which Rubin heads. 


attack. Sussman was previously 
office manager of Paramount and 
20th-FoX. 

With display ads of 12 Buffalo ■ 
area drive-ins running currently -r 
in local a m u s c m cut columns, 
ozoner operators are beginning to 
feel the competitive pinch. They 
are using special attractions and. 
j publicity gimmicks to attract the 


outdoor trade. 


(UA). 


ALBANY 

Mr. and Mrs. J. Myer Schine 
celebrated their 25th wedding anni 
at the Hotel Ten Eyck, Albany. 
He heads the Schine hotel and 
film theatre enterprises. 

George N. Smith, official stenog- 
rapher of Children’s Court for 
nearly io years and, former vet 
exhibitor in New York City and 
upstate, resigned because of ill 
health. lie was division secretary 
of RICO, covering the territory be- 
tween Albany and Rochester; Smith 
also managed the' Mayfield in New 
York and Plaza in Schenectady. 


BOSTON 

Spyros Sko uras will be guest of 
honor and principal speaker at a 
dinner given by the theatre group 
of NeW England Combined Jewish 
Appeal at Hub’s Copley Plaza 
Sept. 27. • • . * 

Joe Rahilly, Metro booker, ap- 
pointed salesman in the Vermont 
and New Hampshire territories; 
replaces Munroe Semel, resigned. 

Lease on the State, Fisherville, 
Mass., taken over by Corey Rich- 
mond, who will operate house oil 
weekend policy. 


LOS ANGELES 

Roy Evans, manager of Fox West 
Coast’s Acamedy in Inglewood, 
upped to a spot post in circuit’s 
homeoffice- booking department. 

Walter Branson, western sales 
manager for RKO, in Los Angeles 
for a week of huddles with Herb 
McIntyre about new product. 

Ralph Hathaway, former man- 
ager of Guild, Belmont and 
Stadium theatres; upped by Fox 
West Coast to manage the cir- 
cuit’s big Hollywood house, the 
Chinese. 


CINCINNATI 

Razing of the Strand theatre and 
office building, a few doors from 
Keith’s theatre; has been ordered 
for Dec. 1. Owners will use 'site 
as a parking lot. . 

The 1,300-seat theatre, which 
was Operated oii lease for years by 
various independents and lastly by 
Telenews, has been dark for two 
months. 



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PHILADELPHIA 

Allied’s theatre service wound 
up • its second year of operations 
Sunday (3), repping approximately 
50 houses. When Allied started the 
film buying and booking service in 
this exchange area in 1948, it had 
only 13 theatres. : 

Warner’s garnered picture pub- 
licity in the dailies by bringing in 
two models — Camille; Williams 
(Miss Iced Tea for Two) and Ann 
Zika (Miss Hot Tea for Two), both, 
showgirls in the musical “Tea for 
Two.” 

Bill Doyle, Universal film sales-, 
man for 26 years (he covered up- 
state houses), resigned. 

Lee J. Kline, manager of the 
Adelphia (W, Philly nabe) and as- 
sociated with the Felt theatre in- 
terests here for 14 years, going to 
Dallas to live. . 

Abe Sunberg, former manager 
of Lincoln Drive-In, named general 
manager for Louis Drew ozoners, 
Buffalo, N. V.; 

CHICAGO 


WILMINGTON, O. 

Hallmark Productions’ general 
manager Jack Thomas named Jack 
Mitchell as zone manager for the 
West Coast. Mitchell formerly 
handled the Minneapolis exchange. 
In another shift, Lew Andrews 
joined Hallmark as zone manager 
of the Memphis and New Orleans 
exchanges; he was with Malco The- 
atre Enterprises, Memphis. 


CALGARY, ALTA. 

Bow theatre at Bowness, Alta., 
reopened under management of 
Duncan McIntosh, Golden, B, C., 
after being closed a year. 

A . community group at Plenty, 
Sask., called Plenty Recreation Co., 
Ltd., remodelled a hall there to 
make a 350-seat community the- 
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KANSAS CITY 

j. t Ray C6ok, owner of the Mis- 
souri, Maryville, Mo., sentenced to 

PVll . I?, tta I 90 days in jail and fined $5,000 for 
Chick Evans, tor eight j evasion of federal income taxes, 

publicity head rep nere, resigned S e ntenee was g i v e n after Co01c 
to take Kansas City post with 20th- 1 * - 

Fox; replaces Ted Tod, who va- 
cated spot for Chi assignment. 


DENVER 

(Continued from page 8) 

row” (20th) and “Gum Crazy” 

(2d wk), $11,000. 

Esquire (Fox) (742; 35-74)— 

“Black Rose” (20th) and “Was 
Shoplifter” (U), also Denver, Ta- 
bor. Big $5,000. Last week, 
“Broken Arrow” (20th) and “Gun 
Crazy” (UA) (2d wk), $2,000. 

Orpheum (RKO) (2,600; 35-74)— 
“Three Little Words” ( M-G) and 
“Bunco Squad” < RKO ) . Smash 
$19,000. Stays on. Last week, 
“Bom To Be Bad” (RKO) and 
“Rider Tucson” (RKO), $10,000. 

Paramount (Fox) (2,200; 35-74 )— 
“711 Ocean Drive” (Col) and “Side- 
show” (Morio), also Aladdin, Rialto ; 
Webber. Big $11,000. Last week, 
“Love That Brute” (20th) and “Un- 
der My Skin” (20th), $5,000. 

Rialto (Fox) (878; 35-74)— “711 
Ocean Drive” (Col) and “Sideshow” 
(Mono), also Aladdin, Paramount, 
Webber. Hot $4,000. Last week, 

Tabor’ (Fox) (1,967; 35-74)— 

“Black Rose” (20th) and “I Was 
a Shoplifter” (U), day-date with 
Denver, Esquire. Smash $7 ,000. 
Last week, “Saddle Tramp” (U) 
and “Trial Without Jury” (Rep), 
$9,000. 

Webber (Fox) (750; 35-74)— “711 
Ocean Drive” (Col) and “Side- 
show”. (Mono), also Aladdin, Para- 
mount, Rialto. Hep $2,500. Last 
week, “Saddle . Tramp” <U) and 
“Trial Without Jury” (Rep), same. 

‘Words’ Smash $22,000, 
Mont’I, ‘Flame’ UG, 2d 

Montreal, Sept. 12. 
Only one new entry but hold- 
overs are, doing nicely. “So Young, 
So Bad,” still is hahdling a nice 
profit in sixth Orpheum week. 
“Three Little Words” is best of 
newcomers being smash at Loew’s. 
Estimates for This Week 

Palace (C;T.) (2,625; 34-6.0) — 
“Sunset Boulevard” (Par) (2d wk). 
Okay $11,000 after sock first at 
$18,000. 

; Capitol (C.T.) (2,412; 34-60) — 
“Lawless” (Par)., Good $13,000. 
Last week, “Panic in Streets” 
(20th), $14,000. 

Princess (C.T.) (2,131; 34-60) — 
“Flame and Arrow” (WB) (2d wk). 
Nice $11,000. Last- week, wow 
$19,000. 

Loew’s (C.T.) (2,855; 40-65) — 
“Three Little Words” (M-G ). Smash 
$22,000. Last week, “Annie Get 
Gun” (M-G) (4th wk), okay $14,000. 

Imperial (C.T.) (1,839; 34-60) — 
“Foreign Legion” (U) and “State 
Peh’’_ (U) !l2d wk). Steady $8,000 
after hefty first session at $14,000.. 

Orpheum (C.T,) (1.040; 34-60) — 1 
“So Young, So . Bad” (UA) and 
“Destination Murder” ( UA) (6th 
wk). Still drawing with $7,000 fol- 
lowing big $7,000 in fifth. 

SAN FRANCISCO 

(Continued from page 9) 

($70; 85-$l) — “Passport Pimlico” 
(EL) and “Spring Park Lane” (EL). 
Only $3,000. Last week, “Beach- 
comber” (Indie) and “Anna Karen- 
ina” (20th) (reissues), $2,400. 

Clay Rosener) (400; . 65-85) — 
“Quiet on Western Front” (Indie) 
(reissue). Fine $2,600. Last week, 
“Kind Hearts, Coronets” (EL) 
(10th -wk), $2,300. 

State (far) (2,200; 60-85) — 
“Quiet on Western Front” (Indie) 
^reissue K.. Suf prisin^r^igr~W!tff 
$10,000. Last week, subsequent-run, 
Larkin (Rosener) (400; 65-85) — 
“Quiet on Western Front”* (Indie) 
(reissue), Nice $2,400. Last week, 
“Beauty and Beast” (Indie) and 
“ilideAvalks_.. London” (Indie) (2d 
Wk), $2,000. 


‘Life’ Wow $15,000 In 




‘Pants’ Perky 116, 2d 

Cincinnati; Sept. 12. 

All first-runs are posting win* 

! ners^in the followup of last week’s 
holiday-boosted round, “A Life 
of Her Own” is topping the town 
with a handsome figure for tile. 
Grand, Two other new bills, 
“Union Station” in Palace and 
“Saddle Tramp” at Keith’s, are 
above par. “Summer Stock” and 
“Fancy Pints’* are slick , holdovers. 

Estimates for This Week 

Albee (RKO) (3,100* 55-75) 
“Summer Stock” (M-G) (2d wk). 
Okay- $10,000 in wake of great $19,- 
000 bow. 

Capitol (Mid^-States) (2,000; 55- 
75)— -“Fancy Pants’* (Par) (2d. wk). 
Sharp $11,000 after terrific $16,- 
000 preem; 

; Grand (RKO) (1,400;. 55-75)— 
“Life of Her Own” (M-G). Sock 
$15,000. Holds. Last week, 
“Duchess of Idaho” (M-G) (2d wk), 
$7,500. 

Keith’s (Mid-States) (1,542; 55- 
75 ) — “Saddle Tramp” (U). Swell 
$10,000. Stage appearances open- 
ing : day by Joel McCrea and 
troupe and publicity stunts by 1 Mc- 
Crea boosted score. Last week, 
“Black Rose” <20th) (2d wk), sweet 
$ 10 , 000 . 

Lyric (RKO) <1,500; 55-75)— 

“Qiiiet on Western* Front” ( Indie) 
and “Bayonet Charge” (Indie) (re- 
issues) split with “Abilene Town’ 
(Indie) and “Blazing Guns” (Indie) 
(reissues). Big $B, 500. Last week, 
on moveovers. 

Palace (RKO) <2,600; 55-75) — 
“Union Station” (Par), Smooth 
$10,000. Last week, “Born To Be 
Bad” (RKO), hbout same. 


TORONTO 

(Continued from page 8) 
wk). Fine $10,500. Last week, 
$18,000. 

Nortown, University (FP) (959; 
1,556; 38-67)— “Black Rose” <20th) 
Terrific $17,000* Last week. “Sun- 
set Boulevard” (Par) (3rd wk), 
$ 11 , 000 . 

Odeon (Rank) (2,390; 48-$1.15)— 
“Louisa” (U) (2nd wk); Neat $11 
000. Last week, $15,000. 

Shea’s (FP) (2,386; 38-67)— 

“Flame and Arrow” (WB) (2nd wk). 
Lusty $12,000. Last week $17,000. 

Uptown (Loew) (2,743; 42-751— 
“Saddle Tramp” (U). Slow $5,000. 
Last week, “Desert Hawk” (U), 
$7,000. 

Buys Jap Novel _ 

Hollywood , Sept. 12. 


August amusement tax collec- 
tions hit $161,564, a drop of 18% 
over same month last year. 

Sitate theatre in suburban Rose- 
land has switched to first subse- 
quent-run policy, With showing of 
“Three Little World” and “Irma 
Goes West,” House was formerly 
3rd run. 

Flack Wally Heim assigned to 
handle United Artists promotion 
duties here. 

Theatre operator John Samada- 
lis and wife returned from Greece. 


pleaded guilty on two counts. Cook 
has a number of farm and business 
interests in /or near Maryville, in 
addition to the film house. 


new haven 

United; Artists has elevated Joe 
Callahan from salesman in Pitts- 
burgh to manager of the New 
Haven branch, replacing Ray Wylie, 
resigned. Callahan started with 
UA in New Haven as a salesman 
in 1949 and Was shifted to Pitts- 
burgh last February. 


BUFFALO 

Robert Murphy, managing direc- 
tor of Century, back on job after 
hospital siege with kidney ailment. 

George Sussman, Eagle Hon of- 
fice manager, hospitalized for an j part of the Westvale shopping cen- 
indefinite period after a coronary , ter in West Genesee St. 


SYRACUSE 

Kallet Theatre Corp., of Oneida, 
which operates the Regent, nabe 
film house, and the Camillas Drive- 
In In this section, will add a third 
Syracuse spot. It Is the new Gene- 
see,- now und e r construction as 


BALTIMORE 

(Continued from page 8) 

son; All right $14,000. Last week, 
“Beggy” (U) with stageshow topped 
by . Yvonne DeCarlo, Harmonicats, 
fine $19,400. 

Keith’s (Schanberger) (2,460; 20- 
60) — “Fancy Pants” (Par) (2d wk). 
Holding well enough at $9,000 after 
sock $15,300 preem. 

Mayfair (Hicks) (980; 20-65) — 
“Destination Moon” (EL) (2d wk). 
Holding at $7,000 after strong $9,- 
200 opener. 

New 1 Mechanic) (1,800; 20-60)— 
“Black Rose” (20th) (2d wk). Still 
solid at $9,000 after bright $13,- 
300 opener. 

Stanley ( WB) ' (3,280; 25-75)— 
“Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye” (WB) 
(2d wk). Slipping to $7,000 after 
slow $11,000 first week. 

Town (Rappoport J (1.500; 35-65) 
—“Bom to Be Bad” (RKO) (2d wk). 
Mild $6,000 figured after nice $8,- 
300 last week. 


Film rights to Japanese novel, 
“Long the Imperial Way.” have 
been acquired by Otto Clement, 
who turned it over to John Bright 
for screenplaying pending decision 
whether Clement wilL produce it 
independently or offer it as a pack- 
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Pfi&ffiff ,. RADIO 27 



NBC is carrying on a romance* with Electropsy chogalvonometer. 
That’s an ejectrid car dograph device currently being perfected at 
the RCA Laboratories at Princeton, N. J., by Philip Basque, who 
has been retained by the corporation to whip the instrument into 


The machine, attached to a person’s head, measures brain im- 
pulses (similar in design and intent as those used on criminals). 
NBC has other ideas for its use, however. It figures that through 
the use of Electropsychogalvonometer, the brain reaction to pro- 
gramming can be measured before the show goes on the air and 
thus save NBC a lot of expense. 

NBC currently uses the Horace Schwerin system of pre-testing 
programs, but the web is planning to scrap the Schwerin graphs 
for this purpose and confine its use to analyzing programs and 
commercials after they’ve been on the air. 

Idea is to put several persons in a room and jet Electropsycho- 
galvonometer work on them, registering their hates, dislikes, 
likes and other reactions to the NBC pre-tested shows. 



NBC’s top brass went into a hud- + 
die last week for the • initial klck- 
around of an agenda for the net- 
work’s annual convention, being 
held next month; at White Sulphur 
Springs, W. - Va., and to rally the 
web thinking in anticipation of any 
possible affiliate: squawks. 

This is the first NBC convention 
under Joe McConnell’s regime as 
prexy and since the network adopt- 
ed its Booz, Allen & Hamilton ad- 
ministrative format *— a format 
which has projected merchandising 
sales techniques into the web’s- op- 
erational pattern. It’s for this rea- 
son that the White Sulphur 
Springs convention is expected to 
be sparked by a keynote calculated I 
to impress the affiliates with NBC’s ' 
stature as a business enterprise 
rather than putting stress on show- 
manship. 

Two items come up for major 
consideration— cplor television, and 
problem how NBC intends to meet 
the increasing pressures from ad- 
vertisers for reduction in rates in 
sound broadcasting. 

NBC will be treading on delicate 
grounds on the color television is- 
sue in view of the FCC’s recent 
decision favoring CBS standards. 

It ’s- a- cinch -that - the -af filiates -will 
be asking questions, and plenty of 
them, in relation to their own stake 
in TV and the wisdom of re-pledg- 
ing allegiance to a network Whose 
parent company virtually had the 
tint props knocked from under 
them. 



CBS Roles Nielsen Roost in AM, 


What, No FM? 

Twin sons were bom in N. Y. 
Thursday (7) t6 the Wife of 
Schuyler Chapin, publicity 
chief for WNBC and WNBT. 
key radio and television out- 
lets of the NBC web in N. Y. 

Apprised of the twin birth 
by the proud * Chapin, one of 
the station’s execs declared; 
“Naturally— one for AM and 
one for TV.” 





U.S. Steel-'Guild’s’ 



U. S. Steel’s “Theatre Guild of j 
the Air,” which preemed last Sun- 
day night (TO), is mulling the ini- 
tial “radio-in-the-round” presenta- 
tion ^whemThe-^Su nday--^night--NBC^ 
show originates from Cleveland 
next month before an audience of 
10.000 in the Civic Auditorium. 
Plan is to build the stage in the 
center of the vast auditorium, with 
a radio version of “Brigadoon 
featuring Patrice Murisel and Den- 
nis Morgan, as the attraction. 

In addition, U. S. Steel will also 
invite a cuffp audience of students 
for the dress rehearsal on the 
afternoon of the radio performance. 

In a bid to hypo the rating, 
“Theatre Guild” this season is 
negotiating for offrtlie-beaten track 
properties, including Alfred Lunt 
and Lynn Fontanne in Robert E. 
Sherwood’s “There Shall Be No 
Night;” the “Brigadoon” presenta- 
tion on tap for the Cleveland orig- 
ination; Humphrey Bogart in 
"Boomerang,” etc. 

tJ. S, 'Steel has a $15,500 weekly 
talent nut for the series. 


K-F’s ‘Henry J’ Spots 

Kaiser-Frazer has set a $200,000 
month-long spot campaign to plug 
its new low-priced “Henry J” car. 
The campaign, which kicks off 
Sept. 27, will hit all AM markets 
that can be lined up. 

Agency is William Weintraub. 


■ Because baseball fever through- 
out the country Is reportedly at a 
fever pitch, many of the top radio 
and television shows are expected 

to find much smaller audiences 
than -anticipated- -during -the .next- 
few weeks. Even the most opti- 
mistic network execs don’t see how 
they can lure baseball . fans away 
from the indie stations carrying the 
ball games, and the situation is ex- 
pected to be especially aggravated 
because of the heavy night-game 
schedule which most of the pen- 
nant contenders have lined up for 
the rest of the season. 

While ratings won’t be in for sev- 
eral weeks, last weeVs baseball 
schedule gave some indication of 
what the networks can expect up 
to World Series time. Brooklyn 
Dodgers, hot on the heels of the 
league-leading "Philadelphia Phils, 
played the Phils two night games 
Wednesday, one on Thursday and 
one Friday. During those three 
nigh ts, s ever al top-budgeted radio 
and T V 'sliowS^t^^ TifTTheit’ new" 
seasons and it’s anticipated that 
ratings, particularly in N. Y. and 
Philly, will* show most radio sets 
tuned to the baseball pickups and 
not to the network programs. 

Web execs, as a result, look to 
their Sunday night shows as those 
with the.- best chance to . lead the 
rating parade until the baseball 
season winds. While there are a 
number of important ball games 
coming up on Sunday afternoons 
during the next two weeks, there 
will be none on Sunday evening, 


NBC EYEING DEVINE AS 
WELL AS W 


The 1950-51 radio-television sea-, 
son: finds the two major talent 
agencies, namely William Morris 
and Music Corp, of America, more 
solidly entrenched in the pro- 
gramming picture thin at any pre- 
vious time in their careers. 

It’s reached the status today 
where either MCA or the Morris 
•agency is calling the signals as the 

suppliers of talent on virtually 
every major show circuiting the 
AM-TV kiloycles. 

The rakeoffs accruing to the per- 
centage houses, either for outright 
package deals giving them 10% off 
the top of shows running as high 
as $50,000 a week, or for individ- 
ual talent, run into astronomical 
figures, making radio and more 
notably TV perhaps their major 
sources of income. 

Whereas MCA rules the radio 
roost; with its stake in such val- 
uable high-rated AM properties as 
Jack Benny, Edgar Bergen, Amos 
’n* Andy, Red Skelton, Ozzie and 
Harriet, Burns & Allen, etc., the 
Morris agency has slowly been 
building up its TV stable of prop- 
erties and personalities, so that to- 
day it has moved into the video 
forefront. The Morris - NBC af- 
finity in TV is as pronounced as 
the MCA-CBS alliance in radio 
when Bill Paley was acquiring his 
enviable roster of AM stars. 

Practically anywhere you turn 
among the major entries on the 
NBC video roster, up ’ pops the 
Morris identification. On the two- 
and-a-half hour “Saturday Night 
Revue,” both the Jack Carter show 
arid the companion Sid Caesar- 
Imogene Coca “Show Of Shows” 
are Morris “babies.” Switch to 
Sunday night and the $50,000- 
budgeted, Colgate-sponsored star- 
rotating show reveals that both 
the Eddie Cantor and Fred Allen 
segments, along with the Max Lieb- 
man alternate, production, are fly- 
ing the Morris colors. (Sole ex- 
ception is the Jerry Lewis-Dean 
_ Martin. _jentry,_ _wJhich belongs . to 
MCA), ; 

Similarly, the Morris agency is 
represented by the new Frances 
Langford hour show on, Du Mont 
and by the Milton Berle “Texaco 
Star Theatre.” The new Schlitz- 
sponsored “Pulitzer Theatre” is 
also out of the" Morris house. Also 
the Bpb HOpe (at $40,000 a throw) 
Frigidaire series of six TV shows. 
Ditto on the Wednesday night 
NBC “rotating” show, with its 
Danny Thomas, Ed Wynn and 
Jimmy Durante entries. 



Gardner to Be 
’Dream Show’ Insertion; 
Studio Audience Gainer 


Jerry Devine, producer-Director 
of Equitable Life’s “This Is Your 
FBI” on ABC, is being wooed by 
NBC, which is trying to snare the 
stanza; 

Devine arrived in Gotham Fri- 
day (8), staying east until Sept. '21, 
during which time he’ll confer with 
J. Edgar Hoover in Washington on 
the official FBI airer. Because 
Devine’s influence on Equitable is. 
important, ABC is laying out the 
red carpet to counteract the NBC 
offers. 31 1. 1 c i j , t Tl ,(« 


Question of how to integrate Ed 
Gardner into the upcoming 90- 
minute Sunday evening “Dream 
Show” on NBC for a four to five 
minute weekly insert, has been re- 
solved by web ^programming execs. 

Gardner this season will again 
be taping his “Duffy’s Tavern” 
show from Puerto Rico. /With the 
other components of “Dream 
Show” emanating live from the 
newly-refurbished Center theatre, 
N. Y., the Gardner sequence will 
be projected via film, to be shot in 
Puerto Rico. 

The radio audience will hear the 
audio portion while the film will 
be projected for the Center thea- 
tre studio audience. 


Hot Potato 


Theodore Kirkpatrick, managing 
editor of the anti-Communist 
newsletter Counterattack, will be 
queried by newsmen on Mutual’s 
“Reporters RoundUp” tomorrow 
( Thurs. ) at 9 : 30 p. m. Counterat- 
tack’s “Red Channels” book touch- 
ed off the radio “blacklist” con- 
troversy. 

Panelites 'will include N, Y. 
World-Telegram anti-Red scribe 
Frederick Woltnian and N. Y, Post 
'editor James Wechslen v ) i 



Who’s Kiddin’? 

Topper on the initial Jack 
Benny CBS show Sunday (10) 
occurred immediately follow- 
ing the Coast-originating pro* 
gram. 

For the getaway stanza, the 
Benny script played on the 
cramped CBS studio space 
situation, with the comedian 
getting a tossing around , be- 
cause of the TV requirements. 
Punch line had a CBS exec 
suggesting calling NBC for f 
space. 

No sooner had the Benny 
show signed off than* Manie : 
Sacks, the RCA-NBC exec, 
called the comic long-distance 
from N. Y. with a “come on 
over, we’ve plenty of room on 
NBC.” 



Don’t be surprised, goes the re- 
port, if General Foods returns to 
its onetime serenity of only bank- 
rolling a radio version of the “Aid- 
rich Family” and decides to chuck 
the TV version. The video “Aid- 

rich,” aside from being TV’s hot- 
test potato in the wake of the Jean 
Muir controversy, also came in for 
a critical drubbing on its premiere. 

From all accounts, General 
Foods may seek its out on the 
basis that the show lacks the quali- 
tative; elements of the radio edi- 
tion,. rather than attributing its 
demise to any possible embarrass- 
ments which the Muir ouster may 
have evoked. \ 

Nancy Carroll has been pacted 
to replace Miss Uuir. "However, 
major criticism stems from the 
uncertain production Values and 
the program's new Henry Aldrich 
(Dick Tyler), general impression 
being that he lacks the visual ado- 
lescence long conjured up in the 
radio version of Ezra. Stone. 



NEWS SPREAD MULLED 

Blatz beer, which recently shift- 
ed from Kastor, Farrell, Chesley & 
Clifford agency to William Wein- 
traub and dropped its “Duffy’s 
Tavern” sponsorship on NBC, may 
expand its radio expenditures. One 
of the plans being mulled by the 
Weintraub agency Is a saturation 
campaign of news stanzas; .based on 
the current upbeat in news listen- 
ing, with four or five five-minute 
newscasts to be aired daily on one 
web. Cost of the drive might bet- 
ter $2,000,000. 

Mutual is reported out front In 
the bidding. MBS, with more time 
availabilities than the other webs 
and with; a strong news lineup, ap- 
pears in a better position to work 
the news shows into its sked. 


Cotton Belt Regional 
Web Preems Sept. 18 

Texarkana, Sept. 12. 

The Cotton Belt Group, owned 
and operated by the Cotton Belt 
Broadcasting Co , will start opera- 
tions on Sept. 18, according to Da- 
vid M; Segal; general manager of 
the new web. 

The regional web is composed of 
RTFS here; KDMS, El Dorado, 
Ark., and WGVM, Greenville, 
Miss. KFTS here will be the key 
outlet for the group. 

The first program to be carried 
on the web is to be “Uncle Dud- 
ley's Country Store” which is pai> 
tialjy sponsored by the State Fi- 
nance Co. Other programs will -be 
jadrled^ feeddrding /tb>(£egaU) i ) f t 


The NBC-vs.-CBS talent- reap- 
praisal has been causing some 
eye-rubbing of late within the 
AM-TV fraternity. 

Thrown for a talent loss in ra- 
dio over theT past three years 
through the multiple CBS deals 
which wooed Jack Benny, Edgar 
Bergen, Bing Crosby; Amos V 
Andy, Red Skelton, et al., into the 
Bill Paley fold; NBC has been 
quietly building np a video roster 
of name attractions that easily 
dominates the TV marquee. 

While it’s considered an Almost 
certainty that Columbia will still 
rule the Nielsen roost in radio 
(last season it was copping 16 but 
of the Top 20), the TV situation is 
something else again. 

Factor is that CBS* big guns, 
such as Benny,: Bergen and Cros- 
by, are still holding off on any 
definite TV commitments., where- 
as practically the whole roster of 
NBC stars is set to ride the video 
channels in the upcoming season’s 
major attractions. 

Eddie Cantor, Fred . Allen . and 
Dean Martin- Jerry Lewis on the 
Sunday night ‘‘Colgate Theatre’* 
spread; Danny Thomas Jimmy 
Durante-Ed Wyrih on the Wednes- 
day night “roundrobin” TV par- 
lay; Milton Berle’s; return to the 
Tuesday night “Texaco Star The- 
atre”; the Sid Caesar-Imogene 
Coca “Show of Shows” and the 
Jack Carter companion piece on 
the 150-minute “Saturday Night 
Revue”; the Bob Hope Frigidaire 
series and bis availability for the 
Sunday night star-rotating series 
—•these are the NBC big guns 
which give the network top-dog 
talent supremacy in the TV sweep- 
stakes, as opposed to the CBS 
major entries of Arthur Godfrey* 
Burns & Alien? Frank Sinatra, the 
upcoming. Amos ’n’ Andy show, 
Alan Young and “This Is Show 
Business.” 

On the dramatic front, the webs 
are about equally divided, With 
NBC’s Robert Montgomery “Lucky 
Strike Theatre” series; Philco, 
Kraft, etc,, competing with such 
CBS entries as “Ford Theatre” 
and “Studio- One.” 



CBS, which recently finalized a 
pact for Frank Sinatra’s ' exclusive 
services on AM and TV, plans a 

full hour radio show for the singer 
in the 5 to 6 Sunday afternoon 
spot, with the web shooting for an 
October premiere. But it appears 
that nobody can agree on a suitable 
format. 

CBS has tossed a couple of 
program formats at Sinatra, who 
has reje cted both of them._ Sinatra^ 
in turn, bad his own ideas for a 
show, which didn’t find too much 
favor among the web programming 
execs, They’re still wrestling with 
the problem. 

Meanwhile, Sinatra’s Saturday 
night video show, with Ben Blue 
as the comic, is being whipped intd 
shape.’ Whether . it will be a full 
hour or 30 minutes may hinge on 
finding a suitable slot for the new 
Burns &. Alien show, just bought 
by Carnation Milk. It’s possible 
that B & A may take over a half 
hour of the 60 minutes’ originally 
allotted for the Sinatra showcase. 



MR. & MRS. F.M. FOLSOM 

Frank M. Folsom, president, of 
RCA, has been elevated to Knight 
Grand Cross of the Equestrian Ol*- 
der of the*ffoly Sepulchre , of Jeru- 
salem, the Catholic organization. I 
Apostolic brief of the appoint- 
ment has been received from Car- 
dinal Canali, grand master, and 
Count Caleazzi, regent, by R. E. 

, Desvernine, eastern U. S. lieuten- 
i ant of the order, Mrs. Folsom was 
similarly honored by Pope Pius 
*XII. ?Un 





Wednesday, September 13, 1950 



JACK BENNY PROGRAM 
With Mary Livingstone, Phil Har- 
ris, Eddie (Rochester) Anderson,. 
Dennis Day; Sportsmen Quartet; 
Alan Young, guest; music, Mah- 
lon Merrick; Don Wilson, an- 
nouncer 

Producer: Hilliard Marks 
.Writers: Sam Perrin# Milt Josefs-: 
berg, George Balzer, John Tack- 
aberry 

30 Mins.; Sun., 7 p.m. 

LUCKY STRIKE 
CBS, from Hollywood 

(BBD&O) 

The Jack Benny 8c Co. return to 
the air Sunday (10), marking the 
comic’s 19th season On the ether, 
was grade- A fun and radio. There 
was the same format# the same 
characterizations, the same exas- 
perated Benny, the" same warmth 
and good spirit— and ' it made for 
good entertainment. A few Of the, 
jokes Were thin, and some of the 
business' seemed directed at the. 
studio rather than the home audi- 
ence. But the overall good gagging 
and horseplay made up for the few 
sags, to indicate that Benny would 
again be a . factor to be reckoned 
With On AM. 


THE GREAT GILDERSLEEVB 
With Willard Waterman, Marylee 
Robb, Dick Crenna, Richard Le- 
GrahdrTEarle Ross,' Lillian Ran- 
dolph; Arthur Q. Bryan, Ken 
Christy, Jeanette McIntyre, Joe 
Kearns. 

Producer: Frank Pittman 
Writers: Paul West, John Elliotte, 
Andy White 

Music director: Robert Armlruster 
30 mins.; Thurs., 8:30 p.m. 
KRAFTFOODS 
NBC from Hollywood 

( Needham Louis A Brorby) 
Kraft and the agency were’nt 
too concerned when Hal Peary, 
for nine years “The Great Gilder- 
sleeve,” followed- other NBC stars 
down the street to the House of 
Paley. They knew where they 
could find- another “Gildy,” re- 
membering that a long, tall chap 

was dropped from “Fibber and 
Molly” because he sounded too 
much like Peary, who was then on 
the show with the same character, 
Their choice, and a happy One, 
was 'the same Willard Waterman. 
One audition convinced them that 


Program was largely devoted to I he’s the spittin- voice double of 
getting the gang ready to go back j Peary and the takeoff was a signal 

** ■*' .■ . _ - . ‘ ■_ _ l.M . ▲ a. a M 2 a Mi Mnt- : M/iwi r\r 


on the air, With Benny and Roches 
ter discussing their London tour, 
and Rochester getting in a couple 
of hilarious cracks in this connec- 
tion. Phil Harris had an amusing 
takeoff on the Guj Lombardo style 
of music (Lombardo was Benny’s 
slimmer . replacement), and Dennis '] 
Day, aided by the Sportsmen Quar- 
tet, gaye a Surefire rendition of 
the ballad, '’Goodnight Irene.” 

Latter part of the program, 
though a little familiar,- was still 
good fun# as Benny and his troupe 
vainly sought out a studio at CBS 
for their initial broadcast# All, of 
course, had been taken over Jor 
TV, and Benny worked this vein 
to godd advantage, ever to tread- 
ing on tradey grounds by bearding 
a CBS vice president and being 
told to check with NBC for room. 
The TV business could have been 
a trailer for Benny's forthcoming 
four shots on tele for Luckies, but 
it had its humor, too. 

The Lucky commercials rate a. 
nod for their catchy quality and 
flavor. Opening and closing “Be 
Happy, Go Lucky” jingles were 
smart and tuneful, while the mid- 
commercial, done in martial, rhy- 
thm to the “American Patrol” 
theme, roused the studio audience 
to wide applause and deserved it. 

Bron. 


LOUELLA PARSONS 
Producer-Director: Richard Diggs 
15 Mins.; Sun., 9:15 p.m. 
JERGENS 

ABC, from Hollywood 

(Robert Wv Orr) 

Sponsored most of the way, Louella 
Parsons never won a diction award 
and never will- But if the Pea- 
bodys or Pulitzers ever strike off 
special kudos for reporting of the 
News from Hollywood , it’s an odds- 
cm lay her program Would get more 
than its share of awards. Louella, 
best known first name in cinema 
circles, has been tattling on Holly- 
wood since long before the net- 
works came# 

in some quarters she may be 
twitted about her voice, but that’s 
Hot what Andrew Jergens is pay- 
ing her for, nor is it why thousands 
in Hollywood and millions around 
the country keep vigil at their sets 
of a Sabbath evening. She always 
has news, the kind the sprocket 
crowd, and picture fans around the 
country bend an ear to, and more 
likely than hot it’s being retailed 


success, thanks to a fine first script 
by Paul West, John Elliotte and 
Andy White. « It brought out all 
the facets of the character and only; 
the staccato chortle of Peary was 
. missing. 1 

Waterman so thoroughly fitted J 
the delineation that millions of I 
“Gildy” fans around the country 
would have been none the Wiser 
had not the closing credits identi- 
fied Waterman as Throckmorton 
P. Gilder sleeve. Since the char- 
acter belongs to the sponsor, Peary 
will have to dream up a new one 
on CBS and Waterman is going to 
make it rather uncomfortable for 
him. Along about mid-season, 
after he has warmed to the role 
of water commissioner and mas- 
tered all the nuances so character- 
istic of Peary, he’ll be sailing 
under his own colors, granted, of 
course, that his writers can deliver 
as they did on the opener. 

Production and cast are practic- 
ally the same as in previous years, 
with only Jack Meakin# music di- 
rector, having defected with Peary. 
The others# still around, are Wal- 
ter Tetley, Marylee Robb, Dick 
Crenna, Richard LeGrand, Earle 
Ross, Lillian Randolph, Ken Chris- 
ty, Jeanette McIntyre and Joe 
Kearns. Music is handled by Bobby 
Armbruster, director for NBC. 
Kraft plugs Parkay margarine with 
a piggy-back ride for mustard, 
none of which is spread too thick. 

Helm. 


THE $64 QUESTION 
With Jack Parr, emcee; Kelt Rob- 
erts, announcer 
Writer: Edith Oliver ~~ 
Producer-director: Ed Feldman 
30 Mins.; Sun., 10 p.m# 

RCA VICTOR 
NBC, from N, Y. 

(Biow) 

This show, formerly known as 
“Take It Or Leave It,” has changed 
its name, emcee and sponsor this 
year, but all the other basic in- 
gredients of this giveaway airer 
have been left intact. Jack Paar/ 
who filled in for Eddie Cantor 
when the latter exited the show 
last spring, lacks the ad libbing 
talents of his predecessor. But 
Paar is a competent and ingratiat- 
ing comic, adequate for the job 
of whipping up a frantic atmos- 
phere to cover iup the inanity of 
most of the questions. 

On the preem (10), Paar consis- 
tently led the pre-quiz interviews 
of the studio participants into pre- 
pared comedy channels. This type 
of gagging is okay, but it falls 
shoFt of the spontaneous humor 
involving the Contestants them- 
selves. In interviewing a hospital- 
ized veteran via a telephone line, 
Paar fell into a confused and em- 
barrassed line of gagging and, for 
once, the studio audience felt the 
pathos of the Situation and did not 
respond with the automatic ybcks. 
Victor’s generosity in supplying a 
TV set to the St. Albans hospital, 
where the vet is under treatment, 
had the human appeal which was 
deeply appreciated in this situa- 
tion. 

Brain teasers still remains on 
a grade school level and Paar is 
apparently under instructions not 
to let anyone, except the complete- 
ly hopeless, lose. Paar virtually 
supplies the answers after asking 
the questions. 

As bankrolled RCA is pushing 
its 45 rpm record system, with 
giveaways of its automatic players 
to all contestants plus a Video set 
to the jackpot winner at the con- 
clusion. Announcer Ken Roberts 
handles the plugs for the 45 rpm’s 
with an enthusiasm that .might 
lead : dialers to believe it is the 
greatest invention since the wheel. 

Herm. 


MY FAVORITE HUSBAND 
With Lucille Ball, Richard Den- 
ning, Bea Benaddret, Gale Gor- 
don, Ruth Ferrot, Bob LeMond 
Producer-director: Jess Oppen- 

Writers: 1 Oppenheimer, Madeline 
Pugh, Bob Carroll, Jr, 

30 Mins.; Sat., 9:30 p.m. 
GENERAL FOODS 
CBS, from Hollywood 

(Young & Rubicam) 

CBS' favorite wife, Lucille Ball, 
has returned from her*summer va-„ 
cation in “My Favorite Husband, 
but : the show might have taken 
mpre time-out to improve its writ- 
ing. . V, . 

On the show caught (9), the so- 
called jqkes were based on the 
propensity of w o m e n to gossip. 
Two husbands, after betting their 
Wives $25 that they couldn’t re- 
frain from cattiness, cooked up a 
juicy over-the-back-fence yarn to 
tempt them. Way they planted 
their story— or at least the way the 
writers planned for them to plant 
it— was via the hubbies talking in 
their sleep. Stanza had an accept- 
able, albeit telegraphed climax, 
when the script O. Henry’ed that 
the scandal cooked up had actually 
happened. . 

But the lines forced on Miss Ball 
and the cast? Such original tidbits 
as “Gad, what a picture— a woman 
with her mouth closed.” Or, when 
one Couple dropped in on the other 
one — “We hadda go somewhere. 
Our TV set was broken.” (Followed 
by a“ well-meaning plug for “Kukla, 
Fran 8c Ollie,”, aired on the rival 
NBC web.) Miss Ball and the other 
actors did as much as they could 
to inject some life, into the lines 
and obviously managed to ’ mug 
their way past the studio audience. 
But it meant little to the set-siders^ 
Miss Ball is too good a comedi- 
enne to have something like this 
happen; Way. that she and the 
others timed their gags indicated 
okay direction by Jess Oppen- 
heimer. Trouble primarily is with 
the scripting and that’s what must 
be tuned up, Stal. 


FATHER KNOWS BEST 
With Robert Young, June Whitely, 
Jthoda Williams#-Ted. DonaldsoiCl 
Norma Jean Nillson, Roy Bargy 
Orch, Bill Forman, announcer 
Producer-Director: Fran Van Har- 
tesveldt 
Writer: Ed James 
30 Mins., Thurs. 8:30 p.m. 
GENERAL FOODS 
NBC, from Hollywood 

(Benton 8c Bowles) 

“Father Knows Best,” which 
started out auspiciously last Sea- 
son with an excellent level of writ- 
ing and performance, on the initial 

program (7) indicates that the vein 
has as least temporarily run out 
The performance values were still 
topnotch with filmster Robert 
Young heading a capable cast, but 
there apparently wasn’t as much to 
build on. , 

Opening stanza indicated that 


THEATRE GUILD ON THE AIR 
With Rosalind Russell, Charles 

Laughton, Hugh Williams, others 
Producer: Armlna Marshall 
Director: Homer Fickett 
Adaptor: Paul Peters 
60 Mins.; Sunday, 8:30 p.in. 

U. S. STEEL 
NBC, from New York 

(BBD&O) 

“The Theatre Guild on the Air” 
returned to the NBC net Sunday 
(10) for its sixth season — 201st 
program— with a dramatization of 
“Edward, My Son” by Robert 
Morley and Noel Langley. As with 
the ~stkge~ playr and the- film- which 
preceded it, the radio drama was 
good but came somewhat short of 
hit proportions. 

Rosalind Russell and Charles 
Laughton, as the stars, added little 
to make exciting a; somewhat static 
script# Laughton, particularly, be- 
came unintelligible at times when 
he forgot himself and let go with 
his English brogue at rapidfire 
speed. Miss Russell didn’t suffer 
on that score, but seemed. to have, 
difficulty in getting the voice shad- 
ing that would indicate to an in- 
visibiie audience either her great 
grief over her son or her decline 
tp alcoholism at the finale. 

Script was taut, but necessarily 
episodic in that the yarn covers a 
long period of time. For the same 
reason it was necessary to con- 
dense much of it, particularly at 


TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES 
With Ralph E d.w a r d s, others; 

Ken Roberts, Verne Smith, 

announcers _ 

Producer-writer: Edwards 
30 Mins.; Tues., 9:30 p.m. 

PHILIP MORRIS 
CBS, from Hollywood 
XBiow) 

Ralph Edwards returns to 
“Truth or Consequences” with the 
Same exuberance that has made 
this a top giveaway for many years; 
This elaboration of the old parlor 
game has served as a means of en- 
riching contestants, innocent by- 
standers and worthy charities, and 
simultaneously has served as a 
method of getting some fairly re- 
spectable citizens to do things that 
they wouldn’t do under any cir- 
cumstances. 

Withal, “Truth or Consequences” 
serves its primary functioq of pro- 
viding entertainment to home lis- 
teners. The show, of course, is 
filled with antics that are more 
visual than aural. But Edwards 
Creates a completely zany atmos- 
phere that permits home listeners 
to catch the feeling that pervades 
the studio audience. 

Edwards on his pjreem show (5) 
performed some fairly elementary 
tricks, oven to the . e xt e n t of 
squirting seltzer on contestants. 
However, nobody complained. Ed- 
wards made up for this by an act 
of philanthropy whereby a Worthy 
newsboy was enriched with a car, 
suit, television pet, washer and 
other items. 

The conferencier nearly always 
comes up with a contestant con- 
sidered good for this type of show. 
In this instance, * Edwards got a 
giggling schoolmarm. He's also in- 
troduced a running gag whereby a 
femme gives a sentence about her- 
self and Edwards builds it into an 
episode befitting a soap opera. 

There’s no diminution of audi- 
ence interest in this show. It’s 
liable to hold out as long as radio 
itself. Jose. 


principals rather than . dialog. BP 


> 


the Hollywood scene lias more pipe 
lines into studios and : private 
homes than the Hearst columnist. 

After an eight-week breather in 
Which she was subbed by Rosalind 
Russell, daughter Harriet and 
Dorothy Lamour (the latter far 
and away best of the lot and 
certain to land her own show on 
the strength of it), Miss Parsons 
returned to kick off a new season 
for Woodbury. Smartly Parsons 
records her interviews with stars 
in advance for it was ^lways toward 
the finish that her voice tired. She 
had to speed up to beat “The Red 
Hand Around The Clock” and is 
never at her best when hurried. On 
the opener there was a perceptible 
improvemeht in the tone and 
clarity of her voice and she dis- 
pensed with the early cry of “Ex- 
clusive,” perhaps to give the im- 
pression that all her chit chat is 
fresh and unreported before. 

Guesting on the takeoff were 
Doris Day and the Page Cavanaugh 
Trio for backstopping of her num- 
bers. Guests are given a token 
payment approved.by AFRA. Mar- 
vin Miller works the commercials 
in his usual cannonading style. 
Rating-wise Parsons improves with 
the years and following Winchell 
also has its advantages* But at 
least half the points are her own. 

Helm. 


MR. AND MRS. NORTH 

(“The Million Dollar Murder”) 
With Joseph Curtin, Alice Frost, 
Francis de Sales, Linda Watkins, 
Larry Haines, Santos Ortega, 
Artur Vinton, Anne Teeirian; 
Charles Paul, music; Joseph 
King, Ron Rawson, announcers 
Producer-director: John Loveton 
30 Mins.; Tues. (5), 8:30 p.m. 
COLGATE 
CBS, from N. Y. 

(Shermari-Marquette) 

Return of the Norths to the aif- 
, waves after a summer siesta is in- 
vigorating. Veteran comedy-mys- 
tery show continues its high level, 
in its sprightly, giddy pace, as the 
young adventuresome . couple get 
involved weekly in mysteries and 
work their way-out of-thenr.-Tues 1 ' 
day’s (5) Was a fast-moving, in- 
triguing Sample. 

The Norths, returning from va- 
cation, almost ran over a lady. 
They invited her to ride into town 
with them. Then she was murdered 
mysteriously as she sat in the back 
seat. With little to work on, the 
Norths Unraveled the mystery, 
which ^involved some heirs to a big 
fortune, and some fancy male and 
femme; swindlers. 

Scripting and direction were up 
to standard, while Joseph Curtin’s 
level, performance as North capa- 
bly offset the flighty actions of 
Alice Frost, as Mr$. North. They’re 
a good team, Bron. 


ing for a situation. The one they 
bobbed up with didn’t seem tooij 
plausible, with the result that the ! 
feeling of reality, necessary to this 
type of work, didn’t come off. 

Yarn told of the family's plight 
in attempting to get back to nor- 
malcy. The father, in a fit of ef- 
ficiency, had rearranged the house- 
hold stocks so that everything 
could be found easily, The only 
trouble was that the catalog which 
provided the location of every 
item, had gone astray. Housekeep- 
ing was consequently impossible 
until that Catalog and a key had 
been located. Wifely intuition 
triumped over masculine efficiency 
in this instance. 

. Production values are still high. 
Young gets the most Out Of the 
lineage, creates a good character- 
ization and* wrings most of the 
humor out of every situation. The 
others in the lineup also do well 
with June Whitely, Rhoda Williams, 
Ted Donaldson, Nora Jean Nillson 
hitting ,a good stride with their 
respective foies. 

The incidental music by the Roy 
Bargy crew catches the feeling of 
the script. 

Plugs for the Maxwell House 
brew are comparatively frequent 
and unsubtle, hampering the pace ! 
i of the show somewhat. Jose. | 


rection showed lack of emphasis, 
with maximum fire not being ex- 
tracted in some of the tense scenes, 
although the director, of course, 
couldn’t go beyond script or 
players. 

Dignified and restrained U. S. 
Steel commercials are a pleasant 
switch from the hammer-type sell- 
ing of ciggies and soaps — although 
admittedly the product is different. 
They- should continue to prove real 
goodwill getters for the company. 

Herb. 


THE ROD AND GUN CLUB OF 
THE AIR 

With Guy_Kibbce. V anG ampen 


HALLMARK PLAYHOUSE 

With Van Heflin 

Writer: Jean Holloway 

Producer: Bill Gay 

30 Mins.: Thurs., 10 p.m. 

HALLMARK 

CBS, from Hollywood 

(Foote, Cone & Belding) 
“Hallmark Playhouse#” one of 
the better dramatic shows on the 
AM airlanes, opened its new sea- 
son with a firstrate dramatization 
of “The Story of Thomas Edison.” 
Out of the usually difficult-to- 
handle biographical ... material# 
scripter Jean Holloway fashioned 
an adult drama that sustained in- 
terest without indulging in any 
obvious fictionalizing or sentimen- 
tality. Production dress was par 

(Continued on page 36) 


Heflner, Larry Koller; Milo 
- Boulton; guests 
Producer-Director: Raymond E. 

Nelson 

25 Mins., Tliurs.; 8:30 p.m. 

PAL BLADE 
Mutual, from N.Y. 

(Al Paul Left on) 

A Mutual airer for the past few 
months, “The Rod And Guii Club 
Of The Air” was picked up by 
WOR, network’s N. Y. outlet last 
Thursday ,<7). Program is limited 
in appeal to sportsmen interested 
predominantly in fishing and hunt- 
ing. Tips on where to participate 
; in these sports and what conditions 
are in these various places are 
proffered on the broadcast, Ques- 
tions, pertaining to hunting and 
fishing, sent in by listeners, are 
also answered and take up most of 
the broadcast’s running time. 

A regular panel, comprised of 
actor Guy Kibbee, VanC ampen 
Heilner and Larry Koller, are on 
hand to answer the queries in 
capable fashion. Show is moderat- 
ed by v Milo Boulton. Features of 
program include guest celebrities 
and the spinning of a tall yarn, 
sent in by a listener. This depart- 
ment is handled by Kibbee. Each 
listener submitting a question read 
over the air receives either some 
fishing or hunting equipment. 

Gros. 


ADVENTURES OF OZZIE AND 
HARRIET 

With OzzieNelson, Harriet Hilliard* 

. David and Ricky Nelson, John 
Brown, Mary jane Croft; Verne 
Smith, announcer 
Producer: Ted Toll 
Writers: Ozzie and Don Nelson* 
Ben Gershman, Bill Davenport. 

30 Min.; Fri., 9 p.m. 

HEINZ 

ABC, from Hollywood 

(Maxon) 

Ozzie and Harriet Nelson con- 
sistently turn out a slick domestic 
situation comedy, marked by ex- 
cellent writing and a naturalness 
in characterization. With the four 
Nelsons playing themselves, the 
script takes on the flavor of real-' 
ism and believability. And there’s 
plenty of humor in the little 
vignettes exposing human nature. 
~IiritiHlef* of the "new season" Fri- 
day (8) had a back-from-vacation 
theme that made the most of the 
youngsters’ reactions to school, the 
parents’ reactions to fall cleaning 
and all their reactions to two 
weeks at a summer resort. A tele- 
gram from “Happy Charlie” an- 
nouncing he’s coming for a visit 
threw Nelson into a fit of cursing 
the hotel whose guests are prone 
to drop in. However, the wire 
turned out to be not from a sum- 
mer friend but from a new 
laundryman. By this time, of 
course, the Nelsons had reviewed 
their two weeks’ vacation and were 
hoping for a visitor, The piece had 
many human touches and a good 
many bright lines. 

Besides the Nelsons, who do a 
really fine job, John Brown clicks 
as the butting-in neighbor and 
- Marv-^J ane—Groft-plays^-anoth«r— 
whacky iriend. ' Bril. 


ATOMIC ENERGY— 1950 

With Dr, G. K. Green, John D. 

Jameson; Marvin Smith, . an- 
nouncer 

Producer: Arthur Paterson, Jr. 
Writer: John Burt 
15 Mins.; Thurs;, 2:45 p.m. 
Sustaining . . 

WHLV Hempstead, N. Y. 

This is a series of forums on 
atomic energy, covering mainly its 
peacetime potentials, and a sequel 
to a program aired by this Long 
Island indie two years ago. It’s 
presented in cooperation with the 
Brookhaven National Laboratory, 
at Upton, L. I. Participants were 
Dr. G. K. Green, of .Brookhaven, 
and John D. Jameson, an > execu- 
tive officer of the organization 
which operates the lab. 

First stanza dealt with atom 
smashers and atom furnaces. The 
Complex subject matter was ex- 
plained in simple, easy-to-under- 
stand terms that should make it 
appealing to the layman. It re- 
capped the fundamentals of atomic 
physics — the ilature of atoms, the 
way in which they are split, the 
opera tibfi and principles of smash- 
ers and furnaces, reactors and cy- 
clotrons. All in all, this came 
across as a worthwhile public serv- 
ice feature. ' Bril 


Wednesday, .September 13, 1950 


Pft&lETY 


RADIO 


29 









( Sept 13-23) 

Following is a list of shows, either new or returning after a 
summer hiatus; • scheduled to preem on the four major networks 
during the next 10 days: 

, SEPT. 13 

Halls of Ivy., NBC, 8 p m. Schlitz Brewing, through Young & 
Rubicam. 

• SEPT. 16 

Cecil Brown. Mutual, 7:55 p.m. Chamberlin . Sales, through 
bbd&o. . 

Shoot the Moon. ABC, 8 p.m. Sustaining. 

What Makes You Tick? ABC, 9 p.m. Sustaining, w 

SEPT. 17 

Botany Song Shop (Ginny Simms). ABC, 10:15 p.m. Botany, 
via Silberstein-Goldsmitli. 

Meet Me in St. Louis. NBC; 10:30 p. m. Sustaining. 

SEPT. 18 

Falstaff’s Fables. . ABC, 5:55 p.m. Mars Candy, through Leo 
Burnett. 

. SEPT. 10 . 

People Are Funny. NBC, 10:30 p.m, Raleigh cigarets, through 
Russell M. Seeds. 



San Antonio, Sept. 12. 4 

Justin Miller,, prez of the Na- 
tional Association of Broadcasters, 

stated here last Thursday that he 
had “been assured by Federal 
agencies that the Government has 
no intention of taking over broad- 
casting.” * 

Judge Miller was principal 
speaker at the 13th District of 
the NAB. About 120 Texas broad- 
casters were in attendance at the 
two-day meeting. 

Miller ' said there ’ had been 
rumors that some television or 
radio ' stations will be shut down 
because “guided missies might 
come in on their beams.” 

He advised Texas broadcasters 
if they are at all worried about 
local planned protection during 
the international emergency; to 
contact their police department 
immediately. » 

The NAB head paid special 
tribute to Clyde Rembert, District 
NAB prez and manager of. KRLD 
JKRLP-T V , Dallas, _ 

Also on the morning session, 
Carl Haverlin, BMI prexy, spoke 
and reviewed the service that BMI 
has rendered to the radio indus- 
try. It was pointed out that 44% 
of the top tunes on the air today 
are BMI. Ralph W. Hardy, NAB 
Director of Government Relations 
told of the ^arrangements made for 
all out effort in case of the need 
for radio stations in the national 
defense. 


Richard P. Doherty, NAB Direc- 
tor of Employer-Employee Rela- 
tions spoke . during the af f ernoon 
session on “Operating in the 
Profit Interest.” 

The second day’s sessions were 
devoted to Broadcast Advertising 
Bureau with Miss Lee Hart, as- 
-Sislant d i rector o f BAR Jn charge.. 

Allen M. Woodall spoke on “A 
New and Greater Sales Program 

(Continued on page 40) 


Godfrey’s Navy Stint ; 

Washington, Sept. 12. 

It’s back to the Navy— for a 
spell — for Arthur Godfrey. : 
The onetime sailor, who pilots 
his . own airplane, is on active 
duty this week at three naval 
air stations. For the time be- 
ing, it’s Lt. Comdr, Godfrey 
of the Reserves. 

Godfrey is scheduled for a 
stint at the Navy flight train- 
ing center at Pensacola, then 
to Corpus Christ! 'and Mem- 
phis, where the Navy main- , 
tains advanced flight training 
establishments. 


RWG’s Factional 
Rift Healed, But- 



AM-TV SET SALE HURT 



Washington, Sept. 12. 

Curbs on installment credit im- 
posed last’ week by the Federal 
Reserve Board will require down 
payments of at least 15% and full 
payoff within 18 months of radio 
and television sets. The restriction 
also applies to phonographs and 
combination sets. The down-pay- 
nivent requirement does not affect 
articles selling for less than $100, 
but the , 18-month limit includes 
such items, 

The regulations take effect next 
Monday Qfr) and may be amended 
to further tighten credit if condi- 
tions require. The restrictions 
were invoked immediately follow- 
ing the enactment last Friday (8) 
of the economic controls bill which 
confers on President Truman au- 
thority to put ceilings on- credit, 
pripes and wages and to institute 
rationing. : / 


Factional split in the Radio 
Wri ters Guild a ppar ently has been 
healed, although a small group of 
members is still dissident. It’s ex- 
pected that this group will back 
some council candidates and op- 
pose others in upcoming elections. 

Six-hour-long membership meet- 
ing in N. Y. last week, Which gen- 
erated plenty of heated discussion, 
overwhelmingly endorsed a reso- 
lution calling . for creation of a 
Writers War Board and, in the in- 
terest of unity, a resolution to 
censure Welbourn K e 11 e y was 
tabled, - 

Rift Originally developed when 
Kelley proposed a resolution Call- 
ing for the establishment of a 
Writers War Board and the eastern 
region council tabled it. Kelley 
thereupon resigned as an alter- 
nate council member. Subsequent- 
ly^he-counc^iF^^opted^'anot-hei^ 
resolution, passed by the midwest 
and Coast councils. This differed 
from Kelley’s resolution, which 
the council had termed “uncohsti- 
tutional,” in that it asks for setting 
up the Writers Bbard outside the 
framework of the RWG and the 
Authors League. It is this resolu- 
tion which the membership meet- 
ing passed. 

The: meeting also voted confi- 
dence in the governing body by 
a large ' majority. The resolution 
declared the members are “whole- 
heartedly behind the program of 
negotiations set for i%the strategy 
report and states its Complete con- 
fidence